RCS messaging available now!

  1. ironass
    Lollipop Jun 18, 2019

    ironass , Jun 18, 2019 :
    Want RCS right now? See post #7

    Google are taking RCS, (Rich Communication Services), out of the hands of the carriers, some of whom were insisting on their own faux, ersatz, versions of RCS, (no names mentioned... T-Mobile/AT&T/Verizon/Bell/SK Telecom), and are rolling it out themselves on their own, worldwide, Universal Profile...


    See, also...

    Google will let Android users in the UK and France use RCS regardless of carrier support
    Last edited: Oct 27, 2019

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  2. ironass
    Lollipop Jul 12, 2019

    ironass , Jul 12, 2019 :
    More info on Google's RCS on Messages which has begun rolling out in the U.K. and France. Google has stated that it is their ambition to complete a worldwide roll-out in 2020.

    As for the U.S. carriers, such is their power that Google is allowing them to choose whether they implement the RCS, "Chat", feature or not as some U.S. carriers want to retain their own versions and control over them... such as AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon. We shall see.


    T-Mobile also uses its RCS implementation via the feature Advanced Messaging, but again, this is not Universal Profile. As of June 2018, T-Mobile supports Universal Profile 1.0, which it's slowly rolling out to devices. The Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge were first in line.

    With Universal Profile 1.0, users get some features such as larger file transfer and 100 participants group chats, but this is limited between T-Mobile subscribers. T-Mobile is working with Google to implement newer Universal Profile standards soon, but as of May 2019, it hasn't implemented a global connection. T-Mobile also confirmed that the Google Pixel 3a, 3a XL, Samsung Galaxy S10, S10+, and S10e wouldn't get RCS at launch.

    Always-Updated List of Carriers That Support RCS Universal Profile

  3. ironass
    Lollipop Jul 26, 2019

    Last edited: Jul 26, 2019

  4. ironass
    Lollipop Jul 28, 2019

    ironass , Jul 28, 2019 :
    RCS in Google Messages is now fully rolled out in the U.K. and France says Hiroshi Lockheimer, a senior vice president at Google...

    "the company has completed its rollout of RCS to the UK and France after starting a few weeks prior. Almost exactly a month ago, RCS started working on Pixel devices through the Google Messaging app in those countries, and recently it’s started to expand to other Android smartphones."

    "Notably, Locheimer’s tweet was in reply to an article criticizing US carriers for their lack of effort when it comes to rolling out universally compatible RCS messaging for Android users. Lockheimer chimed in that Google would still “love” to work with US carriers on that initiative and that they are “trying” to do so. Still, he mentions that Google’s own RCS rollout will continue with more countries “soon,” although there’s no indication if the United States is on the list."


  5. ironass
    Lollipop Aug 2, 2019

  6. ironass
    Lollipop Oct 22, 2019

  7. ironass
    Lollipop Oct 27, 2019

    ironass , Oct 27, 2019 :
    Courtesy of the guys over on Android Central, a method of enabling the Google Messages RCS feature on your phone... now!

    Users like myself, in the U.K. and France, have been using this RCS, (Rich Communication Services), for the last 4 months and Google have been slowly running it out to other countries since then. However, since Google Messages RCS does not rely on your carrier, thankfully, you can enable it yourself.

    Just follow the instructions in the following link...

    Want RCS chat on your phone right now? Here's how to enable it

    Confirmed to be working in U.S.A., Canada and most countries, worldwide.

    Last edited: Oct 29, 2019

  8. ironass
    Lollipop Nov 15, 2019

    ironass , Nov 15, 2019 :
    "Today, Google is announcing RCS is rolling out to all Android users in the US. RCS (Rich Communication Services) is a successor to the long outdated SMS and MMS protocols. Its integration with carriers has dragged on for years, and the major US carriers announced yet another messaging app without Google, who had been making efforts to standardize RCS across Android devices and carriers around the world.

    Google first committed to developing the new platform back in early-2016. It’s finally now that Google is rolling out RCS with interoperability between carriers in the US through the Android Messages app. RCS allows for larger file transfers, read receipts, and typing notifications."

    Google finally rolls out RCS in the US