Google and Huawei team up to spread RCS messaging, all Huawei smartphones to get Android Messages app

Google and Huawei team up to spread RCS messaging, all Huawei smartphones to get Android Messages app

Google and Huawei are partnering up to accelerate the adoption of RCS messaging. Google has announced that its RCS-based Android Messages app will soon get integrated across Huawei's entire smartphone portfolio:  


As you might know, RCS is supposed to supersede the widely known SMS/MMS standard. Although it offers a lot more than its predecessors, many carriers have still not made the jump to the new technology. Google has designed its own Jibe Cloud platform to help telecoms launch RCS in a quick and easy manner, and now Huawei will help push the adoption process further by offering Jibe as an integrated part of its IMS (IP multimedia subsystem) network to carrier partners.

We don't have an exact ETA for the integration of Android Messages across Huawei's smartphone selection, as the company says that the rollout will happen "in the following months".

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12 Comments

1. GreenMan

Posts: 2687; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Right now; I've THREE messaging apps on my phone: What'sApp, Messenger and the native SMS Application. And I might install Telegram in the near future. So... Yes, it'd be nice to have just ONE messaging app for everything; provided it's safe and secure and possess end-to-end encryption. There's a reason why most people choose iPhone over Android. And that reason is iMessage. One streamlined app for all kind of texts. Let's hope that RCS become the next big thing although chances are rather slim! G'Day!

2. NickHill

Posts: 388; Member since: May 07, 2016

Apple has RCS for years now, and why Google isn't implementing this is a big question.

3. mootu

Posts: 1333; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Because Google cannot force OEM's to do so.

4. NickHill

Posts: 388; Member since: May 07, 2016

I thought its network/carrier thing.

5. bucknassty

Posts: 1263; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

you know imessage is not RCS right?

6. KingSam

Posts: 1334; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Imessage is just a messaging platform built in. Just like WhatsApp etc.

7. bucknassty

Posts: 1263; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

ummm ok... welp basically the carriers have prevented new forms of messaging to occur and thats why all these OTT (over the top) applications became famous... apple just made their own and made it a requirement... a good one at that... google doesn't want to force OEM or users to use just one, but clearly is behind in something that should have been forced

8. NickHill

Posts: 388; Member since: May 07, 2016

Just like WhatsApp? No. WhatsApp doesn't support SMSes.

11. vincelongman

Posts: 5585; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Both Android and iOS have had RCS for many many years But only recent has RCS Universal Profile been release, and Google/OEMs/carriers have started supporting it (Apple haven't yet)

12. andrewc31394

Posts: 270; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Apple doesn't use RCS

9. JDeus01

Posts: 48; Member since: May 07, 2013

thats nice and all but i still dont know how google plans to compete against other apps worldwide. where i live whatsapp is free and thats what everyone uses. the only times i get a text is from some add or from my carrier.

10. Fellwalker

Posts: 516; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

Doesn't RCS (Android Messages, which is installed on my Huawei) take away the ability for the carrier to charge customers for SMS messages and for MMS messages that are sent through it? Or does it send RCS messages to other RCS users ONLY, and use the carrier system of SMS/MMS for those without? How would you know what is going to incur a charge? Or is it another standard that has so many different implementations that it is just a muddle?

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