Samsung and Google team up to expand RCS Messaging availability on Android
by Cosmin Vasile / Sep 12, 2018, 9:55 AM
Today's announcement mentions that both companies will work together to expand RCS Messaging availability on Android. Rich Communication Services (RCS), is a next-generation messaging standard that's meant to replace SMS and MMS standards. Unlike SMS, RCS allows for text messages with an unlimited number of characters. Also, it enables users to share images, videos, sound clips, emoji, and stickers.
Basically, RCS Messaging could easily replace many of the instant messengers that we're using these days and, more importantly, it will come pre-loaded on all Android devices as a native service.
The partnership between Google and Samsung is meant to ensure that messaging clients like Android Messages and Samsung Messages will work seamlessly with each company's RCS technology, including cloud and business messaging platforms.
Moreover, Samsung announced it will include native support RCS messaging in all new Samsung Galaxy smartphones, starting with those on a set of carriers that have or will soon launch RCS. Current phones, starting with the Galaxy S8 and S8+, will be updated with RCS messaging support as well.
On a side note, Samsung is the second major company that teams up with Google to bring RCS Messaging on its smartphones after Huawei.
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Still can't match iMessage but at least getting better.
posted on Sep 12, 2018, 9:57 AM 3
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90% (even more) of smartphone user don't use iMessage. iMessage is very limited and restricted platform just like iOS.
posted on Sep 12, 2018, 10:18 AM 13
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So... it will debut on the Galaxy S10, then the S9 will be updated, then the S8 sometime thereafter. In other words, you have to buy the new Galaxy S10 to finally get RCS, but only on carriers that will support it.
posted on Sep 12, 2018, 10:09 AM 0
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Just download Android Messages from the Playstore on your current phone.
posted on Sep 12, 2018, 10:25 AM 11
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android messages is garbage. had to switch to textra. Really hope textra gets support for RCS. Android message is slow, group mms messaging comes in out of order and some will never download. Texts don't always send. If you are heavy messaging at any time a lot of messages will fail and the app will become sluggish. Conversations are slow to populate.
posted on Sep 12, 2018, 10:52 AM 2
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The phones you listed all have RCS but every vendor can put their own spin on RCS that can limit cross functionality. The expansion will come in a simple update.
posted on Sep 12, 2018, 10:25 AM 0
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I’m surprised it’s taking them this long to do this. If you look at one of the major reasons people use an iOS device it’s because of iMessage.
posted on Sep 12, 2018, 10:13 AM 5
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if you were slightly educated you'd know that it isnt google that's the issue, its carrier integration. The reason why google didnt create its own exact competitor to iMessage (which they explored) is because then the platform wouldn't be open and they want to keep it open, and they dont want to anger carriers like Apple did with iMessage. This was publicly stated in an interview
posted on Sep 12, 2018, 10:55 AM 0
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Three author fails to mention that the S7 has RCS capability. Proof: I own one myself and on TMobile and Sprint RCS on the S7 is already active.
posted on Sep 12, 2018, 11:31 AM 3
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I was going to say the same thing, I have been using RCS when sending text messages to my wife. She is on a Galaxy S7 while I am using an LG G6. We both are using Android Messages with RCS already active.
posted on Sep 12, 2018, 12:04 PM 2
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