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Android phones in U.K. and France receive RCS Chat
« on: July 29, 2019, 04:44:28 AM »

A tweet disseminated yesterday by Google SVP Hiroshi Lockheimer (via 9to5Google) reveals that the rollout of the next generation of messaging, Rich Communication Services (RCS), has been completed in the U.K. and France. The platform replaces the short message service (SMS) commonly known as text messaging. RCS expands the 160 character cap that is found with SMS, supports group messages and issues a "read-receipt" when a message you sent is read by the recipient. In fact, it will also show you when someone you're chatting with is writing you a message. Those who use messaging apps like WhatsApp might be familiar with these features although the latter does have a character cap of 65,536!

RCS is not rolling out yet in the U.S. and Lockheimer's tweet makes it clear that Google would love to talk to U.S. carriers about implementing this in the states. Right now, what passes for RCS in the U.S. are Pixel 3 phones that can message other Pixel 3 phones and some Samsung and OnePlus models that can't message each other or the Pixel 3 units. What is hard to understand is why Google was able to bypass the U.K. and French carriers to offer RCS in those countries but apparently is holding back in the U.S. because of the carriers. Or is it? Lockheimer's tweet says that the next batch of countries will soon be receiving RCS, although it isn't clear whether the U.S. is among them. Once RCS is rolled out in a new area, users opening the Android Messages app will be prompted to opt into RCS Chat, Google's name for the service. On new Android phones, Messages will remain the default messaging app and will prompt users to opt-in when first opened.


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