It's a meme at this point: Every two years, Google announces yet another new messaging platform that will finally give Android its iMessage competitor. Those of you hoping Allo might break this cycle will be disappointed today, as The Verge has revealed that Google is pausing development for Allo and switching focus to the existing Android Messages app, paired with an investment in branding RCS messaging into something called "Chat."
DT Daily: Google upgrades Android texting with RCS Chat
Text messaging on Android is a little bit behind the times. Now a new standard pioneered by Google promises to bring Chat out of the dark ages.