Even today, millions of users in all over the world rely on SMS text messages. Especially in the countries in which is free. However, Google plans to radically change the messaging and chat experience, through the RCS protocol.
American telecommunications companies such as AT&T and T-Mobile have announced the addition of the Google Messages application integrated into the new Android phones, which has increased the importance of this protocol, as it is integrated in this application.
This protocol can simply be defined as a new alternative to standard of legacy SMS / MMS messaging. It provides support for a large number of functions and features that transform the experience of exchanging text messages in an experience similar to chat applications such as WhatsApp and Telegram.
Google first began providing this functionality in mid-2019. The final experience of this technology can be described as similar to the popular iMessage messaging application, available in Apple products, the most prominent of which is the iPhone.
Google’s RCS protocol
Known as the Rich Standard or Protocol Communication Services is one standard integrated for communication and chat, with a user experience very similar to WhatsApp and Telegram, as mentioned in precedence. But it needs the support of service providers, such as telecom companies, to function.
The Google Messages application is the main application for accessing this feature. Other applications can theoretically support the same protocol. But so far this has not happened.
There is no doubt that this standard offers a lot compared to standard SMS and MMS. It also supports high-quality photo sharing, as well as support for voice and video calls. Messages via RCS are up to 160 characters.
And the user, through the Google Messages application, can add reactions to messages such as Messenger and Twitter. Also, you can send animated GIFs or even stickers. With also support for sharing geolocation.
RCS can operate in Wi-Fi just like traditional messaging apps. But it also needs communication networks. Google introduced an important and very important feature in June, which is the support of end-to-end encryption via RCS.
When you rely on end-to-end encryption, nowhere will be in able to view the content of messages. Including Google itself and the carrier that uses its services. Google and Samsung began adopting the RCS concept in 2007 with the primary goal of providing an iMessage-like experience built into Android phones.
How to use RCS on your phone
In order to use this new standard, must be supported by your carrier. And if you don’t know if it’s supported or not, you can try for yourself.
The first steps are to download the Google Messages application from the Play Store, then go to the settings, then go to the chat features settings and then turn on the chat features via the “Enable chat features” option.
Of course, if you do not find that these options are present or cannot be activated, it means that your phone or carrier does not support this feature.
It is also mentioned that the RCS feature is available built into Samsung phones, via the default Messages application, but you can’t turn it off or on as it works by default. You can access it through the options of the messaging application.
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