Google releases RCS messaging globally

Date:20 November 2020 Author: Leila Stein

Google is rolling out its Rich Communication Services standard for messaging globally. 

This upgrade to messaging services from Google has been a long time coming, with some countries already having had the feature for Android users.

“Today, we’ve completed our global rollout of chat features to make this modern messaging experience universal and interconnected for everyone on Android,” said Google in a blog post.

“Now anyone using Messages around the world has access to modern chat features either from their carrier or directly from Google.”

RCS is an improved standard for SMS messaging and helps bring this service in line with other messaging apps like WhatsApp. 

The improvements include making it possible to send better quality photos and videos, chat over Wi-Fi or data, know when your message is read, share reactions, and enjoy more dynamic and engaging group chats. 

Google has also said this standard will include improved security for users’ messages, with end-to-end encryption being rolled out in the near future. So far, Google are beta testing this with certain user’s one-on-one RCS conversations. 

End-to-end encryption means that third parties, including Google, won’t be able to intercept and read any users messages. This has become a standard for privacy on most platforms.

Picture: Google

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