RCS(Rich Communication Service) is a big deal for Apple users for a long time with iMessage being a norm. However, Android devices didn’t have the same integrated online messaging option as a part of Google’s Ecosystem. Third-party applications like Whatsapp, IMO, Viber, etc were the only choice on Android Devices. Well, Google Messages had RCS update in the beta but the longly anticipated update has finally rolled out in Pakistan along with few European countries.
Also known as Advanced Messaging, Chat, Message+, SMS+ is the next generation of the messaging protocol which involves communication between different mobile carriers and phones. It will utilize Google account and phone numbers as an identification to allow communication over both mobile data and Wifi.
The technology “Chat” has been available since 2008 but it didn’t remain in the spotlight due to the reluctant carrier participation and few other factors. However, after a long decade, Google announced the release of RCS messaging using its own servers and Google Messaging application to bypass the carrier adoption.
This really helped Google speed up the process with already been finished releasing RCS updates in the United States and few European countries. Moreover, it allows for features like Group chats, Typing indicators, Transfer of high-quality media files, and being able to see read receipts, etc over the Internet.
The application is rapidly growing and is supposed to be globally adopted, unlike iMessage and other alternates that are only available for certain devices and regions. Moreover, the application is baked into Android OS and Google’s ecosystem enabling a smooth transition to newer devices unlike third party applications being heavily reliant on inrush GDrive backups.
*According to TuttoAndroid, the RCS feature is rolling out independently from carrier support. Both sender and receiver need to enable the “Chat” feature for communication. Moreover, if the feature is not available yet on your device, you might need to wait a bit longer.
According to XDA, The RCS messaging by Google Messages is currently available in the following countries so far: