RCS messaging, it certainly does not roll easily off the tongue. You may not know what it is but you will probably appreciate it in the very near future. Most of us have used text messaging on our phones before. Now, with RCS messaging we may no longer need to have a network plan to send them!
The U.K. is one of the first places to be testing the new service. Very soon, if you have an Android device in Britain, you will be able to send RCS messages to contacts. This will also be happening in France at the same time.
Users will be sent a message asking whether they want to opt in for this service.
RCS is actually something Google have been trying to get going for a while now. The main problems they faced were network providers foot-dragging.
Originally their plan was to convince the networks/carriers to convert their SMS system to the RCS one. As time progressed and these providers continued to be slow on the uptake, Google seem to have had enough.
RCS is an acronym for Rich Communication Service. The current version we have is SMS, Short Message Service. Not only is RCS faster is also has more options for all who use this service.
Texting changed the way we communicate, but it’s out of date. Today we want messaging that lets us do things like share high-res photos and larger files, chat with a group, know when messages are read, or make video calls.
On launch of the service, messages will not be encrypted. There is no concrete information yet on whether they will be in the future.
Your privacy, as always with messaging, should be taken into consideration before use. You can also download messaging currently from the Google Play store in preparation of the update.
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