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Google’s Chat to rival Whatsapp messaging service

Google is set to launch Chat, a messaging service that will likely rival Whatsapp.  Whereas WhatsApp is currently the go-to messaging service for most people, Chat could very well change this. The messenger will link up with text messages, and will be available on all Android smartphones.

Chat will operate like a traditional SMS message, but with additional elements seen in other messaging apps like Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp. For example, users will be notified when the recipient has read their message, and the app will show if they are typing.

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The messaging service will be free to download, and messages will be free to send if you’re connected to WiFi – if not, costs will be deducted from your data plan. According to media reports, over 50 mobile carriers, including Vodafone and T Mobile, have already signed up to the service.

Downside

Unfortunately, unlike on WhatsApp, messages sent on Chat will not be end-to-end encrypted. This could make it easier for hackers to intercept your messages. It is unclear when Google plans to launch Chat.
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