Google Fi launches advanced messaging feature for compatible smartphones

Google Fi launches advanced messaging feature for compatible smartphones
RCS (Rich Communications Services) messaging is slowly making its way to more carriers in the United States, replacing the traditional text messaging solution (SMS and MMS). With RCS in Messages, you will be able to share more when you send a message since the new solution allows for sharing images, videos, sound clips, and other types of media, including emoji and stickers.

You can think of it as an alternative to third-party messaging apps like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Viber, or the Android version of iPhone's iMessage. RCS messaging enables users to send messages as large as 8,000 characters, as opposed to the SMS limit of 160 characters.

There are already a couple of carriers in the United States that have already launched RCS support for some devices like the Verizon Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, as well as T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 edge and Galaxy S8 Active.

Today, Google announced that RCS messaging will be available on phones designed for Fi. If you already own a Google Fi smartphone, RCS will be automatically enabled, so you won't have to do anything.

Otherwise, you'll have to download Messages app from the Google Play Store and set it as your default messaging app. After the installation process is complete, you should receive some prompts to enable RCS.

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5 Comments

1. bucknassty

Posts: 1325; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

My question is, how will this interact with iMessage? RCS needed to be on the scene long ago... but i understand the hang up, damn carriers!

2. TBomb

Posts: 1394; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Something tells me its going to work EXTREMELY (wait for it....) not well with iMessage. You really think Apple will let the standard RCS come through as a blue bubble in iMessage? It will be treated as an SMS most likely.

3. bucknassty

Posts: 1325; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

well... i dont expect it to work well... but how will it be limited.... but that's more or less because of SMS and MMS limitations (carries as well). It's different from asking how can iMessage, whatsapp, and facebook messenger would work because they use different protocols... would it be the same for RCS? for that matter.... how would whatsapp, and facebook messenger handle RCS... either way, it's a nice advancement for all communication if they all played nice with RCS

4. smoked_2na unregistered

That's nice but it's still old school SMS for me even though I am a Google Fi user. Notice anything other than straight up text needs for cellular data to be enabled. If RCS means by default I won't even be able to send SMS without cellular data then you can count me out. I won't turn on cellular data to be able to send a dancing dog poop animated emoji!

5. TBomb

Posts: 1394; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I think your issue may be that the recipients aren't RCS compatible yet. Just like with iMessage, if the other device your sending to isn't iMessage enabled, it goes through as a SMS.

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