RCS, the more feature-rich replacement for SMS, is now available globally via the Google Messages app.
The cross-platform protocol is meant to deliver rich messaging similar to Apple’s iMessage to all Android users without having to use an app like WhatsApp or Messenger.
For the past few years, Google has been worked with the mobile industry and device makers on several carrier networks in certain countries to provide chat features in Messages based on the open Rich Communication Services (RCS) standard.
Chat features upgrade SMS text messaging so you can send and receive better quality photos and videos, chat over Wi-Fi or data, know when your message is read, share reactions, and enjoy more dynamic and engaging group chats.
Google has now announced that they have completed their global rollout of chat features to make this modern messaging experience universal and interconnected for everyone on Android. Now anyone using Messages around the world has access to modern chat features either from their carrier or directly from Google.
See TechAuthorities demo of the feature below:
RCS will be more secure than SMS, with end-to-end encryption that ensures that no one, including Google and third parties, can read the content of your messages as they travel between your phone and the phone of the person you’re messaging.
This feature is still in testing with beta testers and will continue into next year. Currently, end-to-end encryption is only available when both you and the person you’re messaging have Messages installed and chat features on. To learn more about this feature, visit Google’s help center.