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At Google Messages will be a native texting platform.on Thursday, the electronics giant unveiled its , which will arrive on Jan. 29 with a small but important change:
“We made Messages by Google native to the S21 series to help you to stay close to your favorite people,” said Federico Casalegno, head of experience planning at Samsung..
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Google Messages is the default text messaging app on most Android phones, and has a chat feature built in to it that enables advanced features — many of which are similar to what you’d find in . The technical name for this type of messaging is , which replaces Short Message Service (SMS) texts.
However, if you read the fine print during the Unpacked presentation, it notes that availability may vary based on region or carrier. Samsung confirmed to CNET that Samsung Messages will still be the default messaging app on the S21 phones in the US. But you’ll still be able to download the Google Messages app in the Play Store to replace Samsung Messages if you want to.