The SMS successor RCS (Rich Communication Service) has been talked about a lot over the past year, but there have been few measures. However, this will change soon.
Google seems tired of dawdling carriers and handset makers, bringing RCS messages to Android users in the UK and France. With Google's takeover of RCS, the service could soon become the enterprise version of iMessage, meaning users can use it earlier than expected.
The RCS push is due to begin later this month. Currently only Android users in the UK and France can use the service, but it is planned to bring it "to other parts of the world" "all year round".
As reported by Verge, RCS is not imposed on users but instead is available on Opt-In basis. In the Android News app, users have the option to switch to RCS chat. New handsets ask users what kind of usage they prefer during the initial setup process.
Google takes control of RCS The situation is good news for anyone who wants to try the new protocol, but there is one drawback. Google's implementation of RCS does not provide end-to-end encryption, but this could be added later. Critics will wonder if it's true that Google takes responsibility for a protocol that should actually be decentralized, but this is something that is likely to be lost in the excitement of using RCS.
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