You might have heard of RCS, the replacement for SMS texting in the past year. But using the next-generation service in real life is nearly impossible due to complicated carrier and phone maker politics. But according to the latest news, Google is taking this matter under his supervision later this month. The Android users in the UK and France will be able to select RCS Chat services provided directly by Google instead of wait from the carrier to support it.
This seems like yet another small status check-in on the service build to replace SMS. In reality, it is a huge shift in strategy as Google will be rolling out this offer to more countries. With this, it is possible that it will be available for all Android users.
Google will now directly offer a better default texting experience to Android users. Now the user will not have to wait for cellphone carriers to do this. It’s not quite the Google equivalent of an iMessage service but it is close to that. There is no defined timeline when or if RCS Chat would be available for your Smartphones.
RCS’s biggest issue is that messages are still not end-to-end encrypted. iMessage, WhatsApp, and Signal are secured in this scenario and even Facebook have also said that they will make all its apps encrypted by default.
The product management director who is supervising the Android Messages, Sanaz Ahari, said in a statement that Google recognizes the need for the private chat within RCS and they are working on it.
Google has said that they will be releasing the services to more countries throughout the year but will not commit to saying that it will be available in all regions by the end of the year. However, according to the product management director, the goal is great, simple user experience that will work for every Android user.