Verizon partners with Google to offer robust messaging experience to Android users
Verizon on Tuesday announced its collaboration with Google to offer an advanced messaging experience to its Android users in the U.S. starting next year using the Messages by Google app.
With this collaboration, Google Messages will work with Verizon’s network and RCS (Rich Communications Service) messaging service to provide a seamless experience for Android users. Additionally, the duo will work closely to provide a robust business-to-consumer messaging ecosystem using RCS.
Commenting on the collaboration, Ronan Dunne, executive vice president and CEO of Verizon Consumer Group, “By working with Google, Verizon will offer our Android users a robust messaging experience that allows them to engage with loved ones, brands and businesses in new and innovative ways.”
Starting in 2021, Messages by Google will be preloaded on all Verizon Android devices, enabling users to enjoy rich messaging features such as:
- sending and receiving photos and videos in high quality
- chatting over Wi-Fi or data
- see when friends are typing or when they have read your message
- more dynamic and engaging group chats
- securely chatting with other Messages users in available one-on-one conversations with end-to-end encryption.
Further, RCS will allow Verizon Android users the option to easily connect with businesses to purchase products, make reservations, ask questions and more. Verizon’s Message+ app users will also get full access to RCS capabilities including embedded high-resolution pictures and videos, real-time conversation notifications, animated GIFs, among others.
Verizon and Google have been working together on Android since the early days of smartphones, and we’re excited to be working with Verizon today to bring a modern-messaging experience to our users.
Earlier this month, AT&T announced its partnership with Google to establish Messages by Google as the default messaging application for all its Android phones in the United States.