Google RCS messaging: SMS on Android phones is a lot better – CNET

Google RCS messaging: SMS on Android phones is a lot better – CNET


Google is a large update for its Android news app.

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SMS on Android phones is a lot better, Google said on Thursday. The manufacturer of the widely used operating system brings a major update to its messages app in the US, this will upgrade SMS to Android phones. The update contains some features that iPhone users have long enjoyed in iMessages, such as read receipts, delivery reports, and exciting group chats. RCS messaging is one of the biggest steps taken by Google with Android, which lags far behind Apple’s iOS when it comes to sending SMS. (Here’s how the RCS-SMS-app-update in comparison to Apple’s iMessages app.)

The long-awaited update is made possible by the introduction of a technology called RCS, or Rich Communication services. RCS is available as a replacement for SMS, or Short Message Service, a talented, but tired Protocol more than 25 years old

The update will be Send to you features, including: 

  • Chat over Wi-Fi
  • and receive high-resolution photos and videos from 
  • Read receipts
  • input screen
  • group chat naming
  • Add and remove people from group chats

In an interview Sanazen Ahari, director of product management for Google communication services, confirmed the update was long overdue, the SMS-Protocol, say currently in the Android system, lack of “lack of the features users expect from a modern messaging.”

“This is a table-shares-features,” Ahari said. “It is a very important step in the right direction.”

people can turn off the RCS, open the Android messages app and, when prompted, enable the chat functions. If another Android phone also has RCS enabled, SMS messages will be automatically the new Protocol. Google does a slow rollout and only about 1% of the Android phones get the update on Thursday. Most of the people in the USA will receive the new functions “to the end of the year.”

A feature that is notably missing is an end-to-end encryption of the messages, so that only the sender and the recipient can read it secures. It has become a privacy standard in messaging apps like Apple’s iMessage, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger. Ahari said the company continues to investigate the Problem.

“It’s a pretty complicated topic,” Ahari said, when asked why the end-to-end encryption is not included in the scope of delivery. She said that there are “technical complexity” as well as the legal and political implications. Google also has to think about the ecosystem of partners that include mobile phone service providers, phone makers and third parties. You said don’t Google, read the news, or for personalized ad targeting. 

With RCS, messages flow through Google servers, said Drew Rowny, Google product lead for news. That is, Google would have to comply with law enforcement requests, if, say, it was issued a subpoena. But Rowny, said Google deletes messages from their servers as soon as they are sent, so it is less likely it would be to pass the data to. 

‘We must put our own house in order’

The RCS announcement was a long time coming. The company is already working on the initiative for 2016. Google introduced RCS in the UK and France in July. Roll-out the product was not just as a build-and release-as with any other Google. Because of the Android maze-like ecosystem, the company, through a tangled network of carrier and device partners. 

SMS to Android includes confirmations of things such as input-display and reading. 


Still, Google’s rollout of the acquisition of the RCS, instead of relying on the carrier to do it-an unusual step for a company so dependent on its ecosystem of partners. The search giant took the same path during the roll out RCS in the UK and France. Ahari, said Google was in “close contact” with the carriers, and stresses that they all want to be largely messaging-powered by RCS. Last month, the four major U.S. carriers — Verizon AT&T T-Mobile and Sprint  done– to the form of the Cross-Carrier Messaging Initiative, a joint venture aimed at the standardization of RCS.

Google wield his power, to be responsible for the RCS could rollout, the regulatory authorities in the investigation of the company’s market dominance. The tech giant is on the various antitrust investigations in the United States. In Europe, Google fine Google $5 billion in the last year for anti-competitive practices in relation to Android. 

During Thursday’s introduction focuses on the United States, it is a crucial step for Android as a whole, the delivered almost nine out of 10 smartphones. The strength of Android-services is also important, Google’s General business, because the operating system serves as a gateway to the company’s other services, such as search and maps. 

The RCS update is also important, when it comes to Google’s competition with Apple. iPhone users scoff at often, Android SMS defects. Also, you mock the green bubble is used, to Android view users to “iMessage”. The difference in the platforms, often causes disturbances in the group of texts. 

While the RCS-Start is not a big step, it is the “end-all, be-all,” said Ahari. There are interactions will not make a difference in the Apple-Android, unless Apple supported on iPhones. Google would love that, although it is unlikely that Apple would give up the status barrier, the law considers it appropriate, some people from switching to Android. (Apple did not respond to a request for comment.) 

The Start is on SMS on Android up to par, instead of the solution of the question of the “green bubble problem,” said Ahari. “We need to get our own house in order.” 

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Released on Thu, 14 Nov 2019 21:40:00 +0000

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