It seems that Samsung is pre-loading the Galaxy S21 with Google Messages in most markets, as Engadget realized from an interview with Google’s Hiroshi Lockheimer yesterday. By doing so, Samsung joins different OEMs like OnePlus, LG, and Motorola in utilizing Google’s messaging app by default. Sadly, we within the US are caught with the common Samsung Messages.
From the timestamped interview hyperlink above, you possibly can hear Lockheimer focus on the reasoning behind utilizing Google Messages on a Samsung telephone. He says that it feels “native” as a result of it is barely modified to pair higher with One UI, each aesthetically and functionally. Lockheimer goes on to say that america, together with “some exceptions,” will as a substitute get the common Samsung Messages app. It is value noting that Samsung added help for Google’s RCS to Samsung Messages final month, so there is not any actual distinction in performance.
It is unclear why Samsung determined to stay with Samsung Messages stateside, however maybe US S21 homeowners will be capable to sideload the Samsung-customized Google Messages APK.