What you need to know
- Google and Samsung are tweaking the Messages app so that it feels native to the S21.
- Google has been pushing for all Android OEMs to switch over to the Google Phone and Messages apps as their telephony defaults.
- Google Messages will now be the default messaging app on the majority of Galaxy S21 phones.
With the launch of the Galaxy S21 yesterday, Samsung and Google announced a native Messages experience for the Galaxy S21. While it wasn't clear at first what that meant beyond pre-installing the Messages app on Samsung's phones, a closer look at the image Samsung shared shed some light on the topic.
As becomes obvious when contrasted against Google Messages on the Pixel, both companies will be tweaking the Messages app so that it is now One UI themed. This means the bright blue of RCS chat is now a more muted blue, the icons will change to match Samsung's preferred icons, and Samsung may even add in some of its animations. For Samsung's customers, the companies hope you won't even feel the difference. Google's Hiroshi Lockheimer says as much in an interview with Engadget.
When Google mandates its apps as the default experience on other Android phones, it doesn't always look good. OEMs like Xiaomi, Huawei, Oppo often have their own set of default apps with alternate design languages that clash with Google's very minimal tastes creating an overall incoherent experience. While many would like OEMs to adopt a more stock Android look, a move like this is a good middle-ground where all sides win.
More phone, less money
The Galaxy S21 series has arrived, and for a lot of shoppers, the baseline S21 will be the go-to choice. It has a compact and user-friendly size, incredible performance with the Snapdragon 888, capable cameras, and a large battery. You get all of this for just $800, making it a seriously great deal.
Hopefully it actually works... Have problems on my S10e.
Yeah Chat has been really unreliable on both Samsung Messages and Google Messages lately.
Messages is my goto messing app anyway on Samsung so should be only better.
Agree, great move towards getting RCS chat default for Android. If the biggest Android manufacturer is on board, the word about RCS will influence the rest.
Samsung Messages has already supported Chat for a few years. You can chat with Google Messages users fine.
Any word if its coming to the S10 or S20? It looks so much better, much nicer it fits with OneUI but crucially is the same app as Google's.
Can I put this version on my US S21
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