AT&T joins T-Mobile in switching all Android phones to Google’s Messages app for RCS
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AT&T joins T-Mobile in switching all Android phones to Google’s Messages app for RCS

AT&T and Google have introduced that all Android phones on the community will use Google’s Android Messages app for SMS and RCS providers. T-Mobile made the very same partnership take care of Google in March, which leaves Verizon as the one US provider who hasn’t dedicated to switching its clients to Android Messages by default.

Together with the change to Messages comes one other vital shift: actual interoperability with RCS on different networks. AT&T has supported RCS for awhile now, however that assist has been as haphazard because it was half-hearted. The brand new deal additionally signifies that AT&T clients will profit from the rollout of end-to-end encryption for RCS that Google is rolling out to all clients this 12 months (that rollout has already begun, in reality).

Google has been pushing RCS as its default texting answer for Android for a while now, touting it as an open commonplace that any provider can simply undertake as the following era of SMS. RCS has loads of benefits over SMS: there aren’t any character limits, it could actually ship bigger recordsdata, it could actually present typing indicators, provide higher group chats, Wi-Fi assist, and provide end-to-end encryption for one-on-one chats.

When Android Messages detects that you simply’re texting with one other telephone that helps RCS, your textual content entry window will change to say that you’re sending a “Chat” and that you’ve got “Chat options” enabled. This isn’t the identical factor as Google Chat, the corporate’s different messaging service. Sure, it’s complicated — blame Google.

In any case, regardless of Google’s finest efforts, carriers had been sluggish to undertake RCS. In actual fact, in October 2019 they introduced a doomed attempt to form an RCS consortium that went nowhere. Google finally had to take matters into its own hands, years into an overlong transition by providing RCS providers immediately to any Android consumer.

In all, the RCS Chat rollout has been an enormous mess due to politics, company fights, and plain previous complicated Google messaging app methods.

Now, with these provider offers, Google has gone one step additional to make it a real default. Sadly, it’s only a step. Verizon will want to get on board, too, as will one other large firm: Apple. The iPhone doesn’t assist RCS and Apple has but to make a peep about whether or not it’ll.

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