Last month Verizon plans to launch Universal Profile RCS early next year. The Google-supported messaging standard will now be officially launched on December 6 for Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL.
Today, Verizon employees at Reddit have confirmed the launch with a release this afternoon of several publications. While Verizon already supports advanced features such as read receipts and tip ads in its first-party App Messages + app, the Universal profile ensures operator interoperability.
Like Google, Verizon also refers to "chat" and "enhanced messaging." The internal posted By Employees document provides a complete list of features and names the Google News app as a place to access the new feature:
- Send larger text messages. Create larger messages up to 8000 characters. Android News Chat no longer limits you to 1
- Write Indicators See if your contact enters a conversation.
- Read receipts. See when your message has been read.
- Big chat groups. Create group chats with up to 100 participants for which chat features are also enabled.
- High quality media release. Share high quality images and videos.
- Chat over Wi-Fi. You can also send messages over Wi-Fi if you do not have a cellular connection.
- Great transfer files. Send larger attachments than ever before.
This feature is only available to users who have chat enabled on their devices. This is especially true for group discussions. Otherwise, the other party receives messages as SMS / MMS. Other featured features that are already live in Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL messages include "local sharing, mobile payment, sending audio, sending stickers, and more."
Although limited to the two features limited by Google phones, this is a good sign that the SMS / MMS replacement is finally taking place in a significant manner and reaching out to users in the US.