A lady holds completely different coloured fashions of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 on the launch occasion of the Galaxy Note 10 on the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, August 7, 2019.
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Google on Tuesday introduced that it is rolling out support for Rich Communication Services, or RCS, protocol to Android gadgets that assist it via its Messages app.
Although Google did not create RCS, the rollout is Google’s newest reply to Apple iMessage, as a result of it consists of learn receipts, full-size picture assist and different options, all proper inside Google’s messaging app. But not like iMessage, it will not assist end-to-end encryption, which scrambles messages in any respect factors between sender and receiver, making it tougher for eavesdroppers to learn them.
When you usually ship texts on Android, you are utilizing the older SMS customary. But with RCS assist, you do not rely as a lot on a mobile connection. So, for instance, you possibly can nonetheless ship and obtain texts if you solely have a Wi-Fi connection as an alternative of simply mobile, very like iMessage.
Google RCS chat on Android.
Google mentioned customers can even get higher group chats with “the ability to name groups, add and remove people to and from groups and see if people haven’t seen the latest messages.”
The options are additionally much like what you’d discover in standalone apps equivalent to Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp, however they’re constructed proper into the textual content messaging app.
Apple would not but assist RCS and as an alternative makes use of iMessage, which has much more options, together with end-to-end encryption. iMessage has been seen as one of many main causes individuals proceed to stay with iPhones as an alternative of switching to Android. (Apple additionally has a historical past of creating it tough to change from iMessage to texting should you determine to change from iPhone to Android.)
Unfortunately, RCS would not work with iMessage. Someone on an iPhone will nonetheless see you as a inexperienced bubble, for instance, as an alternative of a blue one that claims you are utilizing iMessage. You’ll get all the brand new options provided that you are texting between RCS Android gadgets.
The function is rolling out across the U.S. now, Google mentioned, and customers will begin to see a immediate over the approaching weeks to allow the brand new superior options. You want to make use of the Google Messages app, nevertheless, which you’ll be able to download from the Google Play Store. The function is already reside within the UK, France and Mexico, and Google says it would ultimately roll it out to everybody around the globe.
To see if it is out there in your Android phone, first obtain Messages after which open it.
- Tap “Get Started”
- Choose “Next.”
- Select “Yes” to attach messages.