Samsung and Google team up to expand RCS Messaging availability on Android

Samsung and Google team up to expand RCS Messaging availability on Android
Samsung and Google want to make history together and announce a partnership that will bring enhanced messaging experience and interoperability between Samsung Messages and Android Messages.

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.

source: Samsung



1. Phonehex

Posts: 767; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

Still can't match iMessage but at least getting better.

4. Papa_Ji

Posts: 859; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

90% (even more) of smartphone user don't use iMessage. iMessage is very limited and restricted platform just like iOS.

14. andrewc31394

Posts: 298; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

you must be living under a rock or you're just in a sad denial because I've never met anyone with an iPhone who doesn't use iMessage.

19. Taphius

Posts: 103; Member since: Aug 20, 2018

Everyone outside North America

20. theunspoken

Posts: 310; Member since: Jul 06, 2017

Most people use WhatsApp nowadays, you American are still stuck with iMessages

2. XDAdam

Posts: 276; Member since: Feb 03, 2016

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.

5. redmd

Posts: 1943; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Just download Android Messages from the Playstore on your current phone.

8. XDAdam

Posts: 276; Member since: Feb 03, 2016

Right now, Android messages is horrible for pictures and video. At least the Samsung messaging app can send decent sized pictures and video (from a Samsung to Samsung phone).

9. applesnapple93

Posts: 317; Member since: Jan 06, 2016

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.

16. bucknassty

Posts: 1353; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

Ive been begging textra to support RCS for a few years once google acquired jibe... the RCS update to Android messages has not been great

6. cmdacos

Posts: 4267; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

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.

7. XDAdam

Posts: 276; Member since: Feb 03, 2016

What I meant by my comment, was that Samsung will be slow to rollout the update, and use it as a perk for the Galaxy S10 before they roll the update out for the S9 and S8.

3. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2452; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

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.

10. Fred3

Posts: 562; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

They were too busy trying to make their own like google's Allo but realized it's best to work together sense they're all on a Andriod platform(just different os).

11. applesnapple93

Posts: 317; Member since: Jan 06, 2016

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

12. XDAdam

Posts: 276; Member since: Feb 03, 2016

They could make it open and have 3rd party API integration but have it set up that you need to log into your Google account to get your messages.

13. yalokiy

Posts: 1057; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Don't need it without the encryption.

15. Rager722 unregistered

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.

17. bucknassty

Posts: 1353; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

they dont want to admit that android has good features... they always present them as if they are not there

18. HumbleJ06

Posts: 98; Member since: Aug 10, 2015

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.

21. andynaija

Posts: 1262; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

On which network?

22. HumbleJ06

Posts: 98; Member since: Aug 10, 2015

Sprint is the network we are on. It is also being rolled out to T-Mobile soon.

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