As confirmed by Sanaz Ahhari, Google’s senior director of product management, the company has officially rolled out the RCS Messaging which is meant to be the successor to SMS to all Android users but only in the US for now.
RCS which stands for Rich Communication Services will now be the default Google’s texting platform which will be integrated right within the Google Messaging application.
The new service will be referred as RCS right within the Messages application rather than being called chat.
But then if we’re to match the Google’s RCS right up against the Apple’s iMessage application, the RCS messaging has the capability of handling HD images as well as larger files and other important features such as Group chats, video calls, Support for read receipts and has a typing indicator.
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To use RCS assuming you live in the US, you first needs to have Google Messages as their default texting app. Afterward, a user needs to update Messages and their Carrier Services, and then the user can either go the settings and switch Chat on or wait for the prompt within the app.
Currently, RCS is only available in the US. At the moment, it is unknown if Google will roll out RCS to other territories in the future but such a valuable upgrade should be out there everywhere in the world assuming Google sees it the way we see it.