Samsung has revealed recently this week that it has completed its acquisition of NewNet Canada, a firm that specializes in Rich Communications Services (RCS) and is part of NewNet Communication Technologies. Following the purchase, NewNet Canada will now operate as an independent business unit under Samsung Electronics Canada.
For those not familiar with RCS, it is basically a short messaging service (SMS) text messaging standard that many consider to be the likely successor to the prevalent texting standard being used today. As far as capabilities are concerned, the RCS standard will essentially allow text messages to behave just like those in chat messaging mobile apps such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, or iMessage. What this means is that with the new RCS standard, users can transform the basic SMS service already integrated into their handsets into something far more capable -- able to facilitate better group chats, allow sharing of high resolution pictures, and even set up read receipts and typing indicators.
More than a week ago, we reported that Google was already in the process of bringing RCS messaging to mobile devices powered by its Android mobile operating system. The tech giant had mentioned back in February earlier this year during the 2016 Mobile World Congress that it was planning to integrate RCS in Android handsets. Google is fulfilling that promise now by partnering with major US wireless carrier Sprint in rolling out RCS messaging to users who own smartphones and tablet devices running on Android.
Like what Samsung is doing now in its acquisition of NewNet Canada, Google also purchased an RCS messaging provider last year. By acquiring Jibe Mobile in 2015, Google now had in its hands the Jibe cloud platform, which the tech giant is now fully taking advantage of in powering RCS for users connected to Sprint’s network. Android subscribers of the wireless carrier can now expect to get updated to RCS through Google’s own overhauled Messenger mobile app, that is if their handsets have Messenger as the default SMS tool and are powered by Android KitKat or a newer version of Android. As for owners of any Pixel smartphone, their device actually comes preloaded with Messenger, which means that if their handset is unlocked and activated on Sprint, they should be able to gain access to RCS messaging instantly. Google is targeting that by next year, all new smartphone devices powered by Android will be preinstalled with the Messenger app as the default SMS and RCS messaging tool.
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