A mysterious app from Google has surfaced in the Play Store and odds are pretty good it may be updating itself to your Android device over the next several days. The app is called Carrier Services and despite the lack of any apparent actual functionality, it does point to Google continuing a trend of unbundling operating system components out to individual apps. The question probably remains as to whether this is part of a shell for some piece of Android getting ready to move out of the operating system or whether it is an entirely new component.
The description for Carrier Services is a mere two lines of text reading,
Carrier Services helps carriers provide mobile services using the latest networking capabilities. Carrier Services includes support for enhanced features in the Android Messages app.
The initial conjecture is that Carrier Services may be a part of Google’s efforts to rollout Rich Communication Services (RCS) as part of Android Messages and potentially other clients that support RCS. One interesting bit of information concerning the app is that it appears to be deploying to Android devices regardless of what carrier the device is using. Despite the description and presence in the Play Store, a look inside the app’s code shows that it is just a dummy service that does exactly nothing.
One benefit of the app being in the Play Store is that you can enjoy the creativity of users leaving comments about Carrier Services. The link to Carrier Services in the Play Store is provided below if you want to check out the screenshots or the comments.
Download it now: Play Store