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In 2019, Google began the rollout of RCS, or rich communication services, across the United States on Android. RCS brings some cool new features to Android messaging, dragging it into the modern era. Google has finally completed the project and will start addressing some of the biggest concerns, such as security, with end-to-end encryption. RCS provide feature similar to what we've seen in year from Apple's iMessage, such as typing indicators, read receipts, and more. However, not all carriers will support these features for Android devices. If your carrier does not support the features, you will still be able to take advantage of RCS while on WiFi. After the rollout started, there were concerns... Read more...
Google RCS is now available on all Android devices in the United States. Its recent availability has brought up questions about its use and features. Today we will break down what it is, how to use it, and, most importantly, how it compares to regular SMS messaging.  Short Message Services (SMS) are plain and simple text messages. They are often accompanied by Multimedia Messaging Services (MMS) which include videos, photos, and GIFs. Both are sent through cellular networks and therefore necessitate a carrier plan. Hi everyone! RCS is now available to all users in US as of Monday. Make sure to update both Messages and Carrier Services. — Sanaz (@sanazahari) December 12, 2019 Rich... Read more...
Google began rolling out its new SMS text messaging protocol earlier with month, with features powered RCS by (Rich Communication Services). This is intended to deliver a richer messaging experience. And it does, though the rollout is not going without a hitch. Unfortunately, telecoms are doing a poor job implementing the RCS standard, leaving Android users vulnerable to security threats. To be clear, this is not a failure on Google's part. Security Research Labs (SRLabs) has only found issues in how telecoms are rolling RCS out, rather than the protocol itself. Part of the problem is that part of the standard is undefined. Companies can therefore deploy it in their own ways, and that is where... Read more...
Android smartphone users who want to enjoy RCS text messaging or Rich Communicator Services -- read receipts, high resolution imagery, the ability to see when someone is typing -- on any Android device with any carrier can enable it now. The trick to enable RCS is reliant on Google's implementation. Google had announced in the past that it would handle RCS for carriers, but the feature only officially rolled out to the U.K. and France. Thankfully, there are numerous reports that RCS works on Android devices in the U.S. and that it works on AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint devices. Android users in other parts of the world can also use this trick according to a report from 9to5Google.... Read more...
Google and Samsung are partnering to make text messaging on Android a similar experience to Apple's iMessages on iPhone devices, the company's announced. The two tech giants will do this by embracing RCS (Rich Communication Services) messaging, which enables advanced features like the ability to chat over Wi-Fi. "By furthering our robust partnership with Google, we will bring a richer messaging experience to our customers, letting them seamlessly chat with their friends and family across messaging platforms. This collaboration will help further the industry’s momentum toward advanced messaging and global RCS coverage," said Patrick Chomet, EVP and Head of Product & Services Innovation... Read more...
If you use an Android smartphone, you are probably familiar with the Android Messages application (since it is the default messaging application used on many devices). There are other Android messaging applications out there in use on some devices. One of the things that Google is doing with Android Messages is to rollout support for Rich Communication Services or RCS.  The cool thing about RCS is that it could replace traditional SMS messaging with a text messaging system that is more flexible with phonebook polling for service discovery, and it would open the door to be able to send messages from multiple devices. Android Messages 2.9 has hints in its code that indicate... Read more...
T-Mobile is launching some new functionality for its smartphone users today, and surprisingly CEO and President John Legere hasn’t gone on the warpath against rival carriers when making the announcement. Instead, Chief Technology Officer Neville Ray took to the company blog to announce that T-Mobile has become the first U.S. carrier to support Rich Communications Services (RCS). The boys and gals in magenta call their service T-Mobile Advanced Messaging and it greatly enhances SMS and MMS messages that we’ve all grown accustomed to over the years. Instead of looking to the past with SMS and MMS, however, Advanced Messaging takes some cues from modern messaging services like Facebook Messenger,... Read more...