Verizon “brand chat” attacks Galaxy S20 6

An update to Verizon’s Galaxy S20 line has been prime this week and it offers more than just the usual security patches. In addition to current security, Verizon has added something called “Brand Chat” as a way to keep in touch with the companies of your choice.

The Verizon brand lists Chat as an official feature of their Advanced Messaging, which is their own RCS client. They describe it as “giving your messaging app the ability to text with your favorite company’s chatbots.” They further note that those “conversations are stored in your messages so that you can read them when needed.”

What is that one thing man? No, but it sounds a lot like a feature that carriers (AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon) were doing big banking as part of the failed cross carrier messaging service they planned to do a few years ago. One of the reasons they wanted to create an RCS world outside of Google was the idea that they could join brands and businesses to connect directly with customers. It sounded like hell. Apparently, Verizon still plans for that idea through their own advanced messaging.

The update improves performance and provides the April Android security patch.

The update is currently looking for the following build numbers on Samsung Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20 +, and Galaxy S20 Ultra. “

  • Galaxy S20 Ultra: SP1A.210812.016.G988USQU2FVCC
  • Galaxy S20 +: SP1A.210812.016.G986USQU2FVCC
  • Galaxy S20: SP1A.210812.016.G981VSQU2FVCD

On a somewhat related note, the Galaxy S20 FE is getting an update this week on One UI 4.1 with build SP1A.210812.016.G781VSQU6FVC1. The 4.1 update has hit most Samsung devices in recent weeks, bringing with it “live sharing on Google Duo, RAM Plus, app cast on Smart View, game booster labs, and camera and gallery enhancements.” It also adds a March security patch.

To check all these updates, go to Settings> System Updates> Check System Updates.

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