Google’s Wireless Messaging System Leader Poached by Ripple Labs as Vice President of Products
In an announcement to Reuters, Ripple Labs Inc. told the world that they would be using Amir Sarhangi as their new vice president of product. Some consumers may recognize this name already, considering that his former work was with Google, working towards their wireless messaging system.
Ripple seems to have more opportunities for Sarhangi. The San Francisco-based company is one of the most well-known startups of the industry, and it is trying to focus the attention on the technology that makes cryptocurrency possible. In a statement, Ripple expressed their excitement in the addition of Sarhangi as a new team member to work on RippleNet.
Sarhangi became a part of the Google team when they acquired Jibe Mobile in 2015, which was his own project that he founded. They focused on developing technologies that made it easy to adapt rich communication services (RCS) to wireless carriers. Google believes that this is the next step after SMS texting, considering the improvement in sending both multimedia and commercial messages on cell networks.
As such, Google sees the RCS technology as a way to improve their revenue, and they’re working with multiple wireless carriers and manufacturers to establish RCS in their system. So far, Apple and Samsung Electronics Co. have both made it difficult to implement the broad adoption of RCS, considering their lack of or limited support, respectively.
So far, no comments have been made by Google to indicate if they have filled the role that Sarhangi has left behind.