Google acquires Jibe Mobile
Standard text messaging services provided by mobile carriers are years behind the third-party messaging apps that are so popular these days. The main advantages of these apps are group chatting, the ability to send high-resolution photos, not to mention that "classic" text messaging does not even provide a report once a message has been read. Google wants to take carrier messaging to the next level by embracing the Rich Communications Services (RCS) standard.
According to Android RCS Software Engineer and Minister of Messaging Mike Dodd, RCS "brings many of the features that people now expect from mobile messaging, such as group chats, high res photos and more." In a post he published yesterday on the Android Official Blog, Dodd revealed that the Jibe Mobile team joins Google to help the company deliver RCS to a global audience.
Jibe has been founded back in 2006 and invested heavily in RCS four years later. According to Amir Sarhangi, the company's CEO, Jibe "introduced the Jibe model to put carrier messaging in the cloud and flip the infrastructure business model upside down." As usual, the financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed.