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Google is finally pushing RCS to Android, what do you need to do?

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We've been talking about this for a long time: Google wants to move SMS to version 2.0 and, in doing so, oppose its protocol to the many competing instant messaging applications, including Apple's iMessage. Thus, it proposes RCS, a protocol that will initially arrive in France and the United Kingdom.

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After a very long wait and a certain lack of responsiveness on the part of telephone operators, Google has finally decided to launch its RCS technology by itself. In this way, Mountain View hopes to make a clean slate of his (many) failures in instant messaging. For the moment, RCS will only arrive in France and the United Kingdom and, not surprisingly, only on Android smartphones in the Messages application. The nature of the operator does not play any role.

Do you need RCS?

The RCS protocol is therefore integrated in a context where instant messaging applications are legion, and it is unlikely that users will stop using Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Telegram or any other common application.

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Moreover, RCS is not a perfect solution. There is no encryption (unlike many instant messaging applications), which means that messages will have to go through Google's servers. The latter claims that he will not store the messages any longer than necessary, but this is not the first time its word has been questioned. Worse still, the message will be stored in clear on the servers so theoretically readable by those who will be able to access it.

However, Google's role is only temporary. At some point, the telco operators will take over.

How do I activate RCS on my smartphone?

The good news is that you have almost nothing to do. The bad news is, we don't know exactly when it's going to happen. You will receive an alert (a kind of push notification, says The Verge) allowing you to activate RCS. In other words, keep your eyes open!

Source: The Verge

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Benoit is passionate about new technologies and everything related to computers. A big Android fan since 2011, he joined the AndroidPIT team to satisfy his passion and to share his knowledge on Android with readers.

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    Franz Fifty Jun 18, 2019 Link to comment

    So, i have a Xiaomi with my Operator in Switzerland. I want to text a friend on an iphone in Thailand....and also to another friend in Italy with a Samsung.
    Guess what, i'll stick to Telegram for this!
    Why bother with RCS if not all are onboard and it's not crossplatform.
    Google is an incredible company programmed to fail in the chat department!

    Paulo zOiO zuLLu

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      JeffD Jun 26, 2019 Link to comment

      it will work with ANY phone. The RCS won't, if the other user have activated it on their Android, but it will send them a standard SMS. I'd hardly call Apple's iMessage a failure and it had the same limitation. All Android users get regular SMS from iMessage users.