Google Would Love to Bring RCS to Your Phone, but US Carriers are Bad

Google Would Love to Bring RCS to Your Phone, but US Carriers are Bad


If you assumed that your US carrier is the reason you haven’t been given access to RCS, which should be the future of SMS, you are probably right. Google’s Hiroshi Lockheimer said as much in a Tweet this weekend, while sharing news that they have fully rolled out the new messaging technology to the UK and France. So yeah, US carriers suck as much when it comes to this messaging thing as you guessed.

To back up for a second, let’s recap what Lockheimer is referencing. Just over a month ago, The Verge reported that Google was going to bypass carriers in the UK and France and push out RCS (or “Chat” messaging) on their own, through their Android Messages app. Google never acknowledged any of the report publicly, didn’t write up one of their typical blog posts on what is a pretty major move, and hasn’t … Read the rest

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Google Says It’s Ready to Bring RCS to Your Phone, Carriers be Damned

Google Says It’s Ready to Bring RCS to Your Phone, Carriers be Damned


Less than two weeks ago, just as Verizon gave the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ access to RCS messaging, I shared with you a few pointed thoughts on how bad the RCS situation has become. In fact, I said that “RCS is dumb” because of the way Google has tried to roll it out, by leaving too much power in the hands of carriers, who are the last companies on Earth anyone should put trust into.

I don’t want to take credit for slamming their initial plan, but things are apparently about to change on the RCS front for the better. According to a report from The Verge, Google is finally going to take ownership of the RCS rollout and start making it available to anyone with an Android phone.

Later this month, Android users in the UK and France will be able to opt-in to using RCS “Chat” … Read the rest

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Verizon’s Galaxy S9, S9+ Get RCS Support and Prove That RCS is Dumb

Verizon’s Galaxy S9, S9+ Get RCS Support and Prove That RCS is Dumb


Verizon is making RCS available to the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ this week. After launching similar RCS service for the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL last year, these are the only other devices to support the future of text messaging on Big Red’s network.

An update should rollout shortly to the Galaxy S9 (G960USQU5CSE6) and S9+ (G965USQU5CSE6) to get both phones ready. Once you have it, the Samsung Messages app will prompt you to opt-in to Advanced Messaging or “Chat.”

This Advanced Messaging feature does a lot of what RCS Chat does on Pixel 3 devices. You’ll get read receipts, typing indicators, the ability to sender bigger media, chat over WiFi, file sharing, and better group chats.

Unfortunately, because RCS is a sh*t technology that has too many variables for it to work as intended, the RCS Advanced Messaging on the Galaxy S9 and S9+ doesn’t even … Read the rest

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