Google pushes out RCS, circumventing US carriers

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Google has been patiently waiting for United States telecom companies to begin using RCS but few have done so.

The term RCS (rich communication services) has been swirling around the internet for awhile thanks to Google’s attempts to streamline the Android messaging experience. The company has been working on bringing various iMessage like features to the Android platform but has faced some challenges. RCS has been available in countries like the United Kingdom, France, and Mexico but it hasn’t been fully embraced here in the United States.

Google has been patiently waiting for United States telecom companies to begin using RCS but few have done so. T-Mobile took a small step by implementing it in the Samsung Galaxy S10’s default messaging app, baby steps I suppose. But it’s been a challenge as carriers and phone manufactures need to work together to make RCS work. Google could have taken the steps they’re taking now but they were hoping to convince carriers and device makers to work together to make it easy on everyone.

In order for this to work as intended, each user would need to have Android Messages installed and being used on their device, so those who have a Samsung device or an iPhone and use the default messaging applications, will not benefit from RCS.

It took Google long enough to roll out RCS to their messaging app in the US but nonetheless, it’s here. If you don’t have Android Messages downloaded already, you can get it from the Google Play Store and when you see a prompt about the feature in messages, you can enable it and go from there. Google does expect to make it more widely available in the US by the end of the year.

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  Source: Google Blog
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