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    Bulle bleue ou bulle verte ? Google accuse Apple d’intimider ses utilisateurs

    news.movim.eu / Numerama · Tuesday, 11 January - 14:29

Sur Twitter, le vice-président de Google en charge d'Android multiplie les attaques contre Apple. Selon lui, Apple empêche l'industrie de progresser pour favoriser ses iMessage. Qu'en est-il vraiment ? [Lire la suite]

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    Google accepte de renoncer à iMessage d’Apple, mais pas au protocole RCS

    news.movim.eu / JournalDuGeek · Tuesday, 11 January - 11:00

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Le géant du web est prêt à faire des sacrifices dans le combat qui l'oppose actuellement à Apple au sujet d'iMessage. En revanche, il entend bien faire entendre son avis concernant le protocole RCS.

Google accepte de renoncer à iMessage d’Apple, mais pas au protocole RCS

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    Google exec gives harshest rebuke yet of iMessage lock-in effect in push for RCS on iOS - We can't replace SMS texts without having one standard for messaging

    Danie van der Merwe · news.movim.eu / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Sunday, 9 January - 12:55

MS text messaging is an archaic, expensive, and limited messaging standard. Yet it remains in place as the de facto standard for notifications because everything else is a walled garden and cut off from other messenger services. WhatsApp does not send to Telegram which does not send to Signal, etc.

Apple has deliberately withheld iMessage from non-iOS platforms, so that has never been considered as an option. To replace SMS though, the messaging has to be baked into the phone OS (not to be voluntarily installed or uninstalled by a user), and this is where the RCS standard came in, which also needed mobile carrier support. As it stands, RCS has been adopted by most major carriers and Android devices... but it has zero penetration on iOS because Apple won't adopt it.

It's time Apple faced up to this and sat around the table with the other players to discuss a solution that benefits all users. We can't move on from SMS unless there is a proper alternative that is fully adopted.

See https://9to5google.com/2022/01/08/google-android-rcs-imessage-lock-in/

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    Google Messages update bridges one gap between blue and green bubble people

    news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Monday, 22 November, 2021 - 18:29 · 1 minute

Google Messages update bridges one gap between blue and green bubble people

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Putting aside the lack of end-to-end encryption support, one of the most annoying things for Apple iPhone users about communicating with Android users via SMS are all the iOS features that get lost in translation. Having a visual effect translated to a deadpan "(sent with Balloons)" ruins whatever impact you intended the effect to have, and it clutters up your message history with extraneous text.

On that second front, Apple’s Tapback feature is especially annoying. When using iMessage, this short list of half a dozen reactions is a handy way to signal acknowledgement or enjoyment, or just to bump a message thread to the top of someone’s list. On Android phones, each individual Tapback generates an entirely new block of text with a text description of the reaction, and the entire original text. As a fallback option for non-smartphones or an accessibility feature, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. But it can quickly make SMS group text threads chaotic and unreadable for Android users.

A new update to the Google Messages app , which was spotted over the weekend by 9to5Google and appears to be rolling out to some Android users now, fixes that issue by translating Tapback responses into emoji responses. Android devices using the Messages app have been able to send each other emoji responses for over a year now , but this is Google’s first attempt at mapping Apple’s response mechanism to its own.

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    All three big US carriers will be switched to Android Messages as default for RCS Chat, just Apple remains for supporting E2EE RCS

    Danie van der Merwe · news.movim.eu / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Tuesday, 20 July, 2021 - 14:19

Beginning next year, Verizon will join AT&T and T-Mobile in preloading Android Messages as the default texting app on all Android phones it sells. It’s the final step for making RCS Chat — the next-gen standard designed to replace SMS — the default experience for Android. In the US, that only leaves one large cohort that will not use RCS as a default SMS replacement: iPhone users.

So yes, Apple has iMessages, but only on Apple so that is of zero use in any situation where you have friends, colleagues or family on Android (it's a real world out here). For anything to replace SMS, it needs to be completely cross-platform and able to be the default messaging app. Google supposedly has no plans either to try to introduce a messaging app that supports RCS on the iPhone.

See https://www.theverge.com/2021/7/20/22584443/verizon-android-messages-rcs

#technology #RCS #RCSChat #privacy #E2EE

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    End-to-end encrypted RCS Chat messaging is now available for more users in Google Messages

    Danie van der Merwe · news.movim.eu / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Wednesday, 16 June, 2021 - 09:00

Google began rolling out end-to-end encryption at the end of last year for select Google Messages beta users who have enabled Chat, Google’s implementation of RCS. End-to-end encryption ensures that conversations stay encrypted from when they leave your smartphone, to when they arrive at the other end. There is no server-side decryption, meaning that data can’t be collected in the middle from the servers that pass your messages along. This is a selling point of many texting applications like Signal as it’s a major step towards ensuring the privacy of a user, and now it’s finally rolling out to more users who use Google Messages.

Of course, until either RCS (Rich Communications Services) or iMessage is available across both Android and iOS, neither will be a solution to universal messaging or replacing SMS. Ironically, as I understand it, both depend on Tim Apple! RCS needs to be a standard independent of just Google alone as we've seen how many times Google changes its mind over messaging apps, and having iMessage controlled by a single company is also not a universal solution.

See https://www.xda-developers.com/end-to-end-encrypted-google-messages/

#technology #RCS #E2EE #instantmessaging

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    Google Messages quittera certains smartphones Android en avril

    news.movim.eu / Numerama · Thursday, 21 January, 2021 - 13:06

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Une future mise à jour de l'application Google Messages indique que certains smartphones n'y auront plus droit. Mais dans les faits, rares seront les terminaux exclus. [Lire la suite]

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