Rumors suggest that Android could be getting its own messaging service

By Gary Johnson - Jun 10, 2011

Earlier this week at the WWDC event Apple announced one of the new features of the iOS 5 update, iMessage. This has led to comparisons with the Blackberry Messenger service already available. Now today rumors suggest that Android could be getting its own messaging service.

Chris Davies of Android Community is reporting that Google are working on their own service, which will allow SMS and MMS messaging on handsets and tablets without any charge. These rumors have come to light shortly after the feature was announced in iOS 5.

Details of the service are thin on the ground at present, but there is already Google Talk which integrates with Android devices. There is also a Gmail application for PCs, and it is possible that Google could be looking to improve GTalk to have the same features as BBM and iMessage.

But then it would have the added bonus of already being established in the desktop world. With Apple and Google having a similar system to BlackBerry won’t be good news for the mobile carriers. They will obviously lose money with consumers not using standard messaging as before, so they may look to claw it back elsewhere.

Would you like to see a messaging service on the Android platform?

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