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IMessage rival: Google already has its messenger service

Chat has simply called Google its new messaging service, which was released in December 2019 as a competition for Apple's iMessage.

The new application allows you to send texts of up to 8,000 characters, receive read notifications and send messages via Wi-Fi, Gizmodo.

Among other features, it has an ellipsis symbol that indicates when people are writing and the ability to send higher resolution images and videos.

With this, the Rich Communication Services (RCS) system is also a clear advance with respect to the classic and increasingly forgotten SMS, which over time was displaced by Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp.

The functionality is operational for users of Android-equipped phones in the United States whose equipment is compatible with the protocol.

That includes people who use Samsung messages and Sprint and US Cellular customers, all of whom have already enabled RCS on their networks, complement CNN.

According to the television network, the system has been promising for years, but little and nothing operators did to enable it on their networks. That is why Google decided to implement it through its own servers.

CNN emphasized that the debutante formula has a privacy problem, because unlike iMessage, WhatsApp and Signal does not offer end-to-end encryption.

Technically, Google can see the messages that reach its servers and may have to deliver them to the police if requested, all of which could be a concern for Android users and security advocates, exemplified.

Another drawback is that it cannot synchronize with more devices and the networks of Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile, the main US operators, cannot connect to each other through RCS. Anyway, they already announced that during 2020 that should be solved.

The activation will be automatic, of course for those who have the latest version of Google Messages. Otherwise, you should soon receive a notification from your operator with the instructions.

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