Google has stopped ready for lazy carriers to assist RCS (Wealthy Communication Providers) and is now rolling it out for Android smartphones regardless.

The RCS normal guarantees an iMessage-like expertise for all supporting units, no matter platform. Which means typing notifications, no archaic character limits, group messaging, wealthy media, location sharing, the works.

Trade physique the GSM Affiliation created a common profile which units out guidelines to allow RCS for customers. The profile has fairly a little bit of assist:


Maybe it goes with out saying given the corporate’s typical walled method, however Apple isn’t included. That’s positive, non-iOS customers have been neglected from the iMessage social gathering, however there are nonetheless many operators that don’t assist RCS – and that is an issue.

Quite than wait for brand spanking new operators to affix the motion, Google is now rolling out RCS assist for all Android units… in restricted international locations, in fact.

The UK and France are first to get in on the enjoyable with customers set to obtain a immediate to improve to RCS Chat after they open their default Android messaging app. A label saying ‘Chat’ will seem when chatting with somebody whose system additionally helps RCS, else it would fall again on SMS.

Apart from the at present restricted rollout, there are another downsides to RCS over iMessage. The principle two disadvantages aren’t any cross-device sync and lack of end-to-end encryption.

Sanaz Ahari, Product Director for Android Messages at Google, informed The Verge that Google is engaged on the privateness challenge:

“We basically imagine that communication, particularly messaging, is very private and customers have a proper to privateness for his or her communications. And we’re totally dedicated to discovering an answer for our customers.”

For now, the privacy-conscious might wish to keep away from RCS on Android. Nevertheless, it’s nice to see Google taking proactive motion in making RCS extra extensively accessible for individuals who need it.

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