Google probably will present next week iMessage competitor




Google has Jibe taken offline, the application of a company it bought last year. Offline retrieving Jibe a week for Google’s developer conference will highlight the presentation of the iMessage competitor as Google including Dutch and Belgian providers.

The app was on Monday in the Play Store, but is now gone, noticed a Reddit user on. It happens often that a large company has the app offline after acquisition of the company behind it, but the timing is striking. Next week, Google keeps its developer conference I / O, where it probably does a lot of announcements.

Jibe is an app that uses RCS, rich communcation services. That is a standard SMS and MMS must follow. Although the standard has existed since 2007, he is still little available on phones. Do have include KPN and Vodafone in recent years attempts ventured with RCS apps. RCS is also the response of the telecom industry on Apple’s iMessage and WhatsApp.

Google with RCS app comes as standard will sit in Android, is no secret. The umbrella organization of providers GSMA reported that as early as February and since March, Google has a site available online in which it confirms that it is working on the app. The client has the Messaging app on Android phones and replace both text and mms messages and messages received via RCS and send.

Google is working to develop along with fifteen providers, including the active in the Netherlands operators KPN, Vodafone and T-Mobile. Belgian ISP Orange is involved in the development, but Telenet / Base and Proximus are not mentioned. If providers cooperate, extend messages over a separate channel, apart from the normal data traffic, and providers can choose to not bring into account the data used by RCS. In addition, providers can submit their own applications that can make use of their own infrastructure or that of Googles Jibe platform.

With the advent of an RCS-compatible app for Android, the question is what will happen on other mobile platforms. Windows 10 mobile supports all native RCS since Windows Phone 8 in 2012, but Apple does not. There are some loose RCS apps available in the App Store.

Google currently offers all Hangouts, a chat application that can receive SMS and MMS. It is unknown what is going to happen if the search giant has released its RCS client.

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