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Google acquires Jibe Mobile as it commits to Rich Communications Services standard

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Google has announced that the company has acquired Jibe Mobile, an early leader in Rich Communications Services (RCS) in an effort to bring the standard to a global audience. With RCS, you will be able to take advantage of features that are often times found in modern messaging apps, like WhatsApp and others. Some of these features include group chats, high resolution photos, read indicators and more.

Many leaders in the wireless industry have already put great work into laying the foundation for RCS, and we've heard from many of them that there are ways Android can help. We're excited to team up with mobile operators, device makers and the rest of the Android ecosystem to support RCS standards and help accelerate their deployment in a more consistent way. We're already working closely with many of our partners on implementing RCS, and look forward to growing the RCS ecosystem together.

Of course, deploying RCS on Android will take some time, but it is still great to see Google on-board with the new messaging standard.

Source: Android Blog

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10 Comments
  • Is this like inserting hangouts features on an operating system level? Or is it server level functionality? Posted via the Android Central App
  • So it's like iMessage? Posted via Android Central App on 1+1
  • This was *exactly* my first thought. I would say yes, but instead of having Apple, Google, Microsoft, or Facebook run separate but incompatible services with varying feature sets, it would be handled by the carriers directly based on a common framework. From what I can tell, Rich Communication Standard (RCS) is method to bring something like iMessage/Hangouts/WhatsApp/etc.. to the carrier level, rather than have all these competing services with their own proprietary networks. Everyone would benefit from having a common baseline of basic features that inter-operate between all carriers: video/audio clips, video chat, read indicators.. pretty much anything we take for granted in Hangouts over SMS (or wish we had from iMessage). In theory, it might even be possible for individuals to use a modern, fully featured messenger app of their choice without having to talk others into committing to a platform like we do now with Hangouts, Skype, etc.. Way too early to tell, but color me less than surprised if it turns out Google is actually laying the groundwork for huge changes to their messaging platform. I think it's possible they may be looking to eventually have their Messenger become the iMessage of Android by getting it on on board with RCS, and then retire Hangouts altogether. A modern, competitive alternative to iMessage, built right into Android, and compatible to boot. That would be something right there. A boy can dream.
  • I'm with you, although they could all of it and simply rebrand Hangouts as they did with Talk and give us something truly special. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Kaptain you may want to screen print your comment as proof of your spooky tech-punditry!
  • I'm going to try jibe out now.
    First impressions: meh.
    I think it can be cleaned up a bit.
    Hopefully Google does that soon.
    Other than that I hope this wasn't a worthless acquirement Posted from my amazingly smexy Nexus 6, powered by CM
  • I am also trying Jibe out. I agree it needs to be cleaned up a little. I am really liking some of its features though. Posted via the Android Central App
  • For sure. I'm excited to see how Google transforms this service. Hopefully it'll actually implement some of the stuff in the stock messenger?
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  • Well hopefully they can get Google on track with messaging. IMO they need the help. Hangouts is a mess. I like Google Messenger though for text. I like the concept of GV but it took them forever to get MMS and group MMS support and it still isn't polished - can't seem to create a group MMS with GV number - wth? Probably won't see the benefits of this acquisition for a while though. Posted via the Android Central App