Many iPhone users are holding it because Android lacks iMessage. Some smartphone users never consider losing those blue bubbles and Android doesn’t offer a good substitute. But now, Google is working to introduce Rich Communication Services (RCS) to more Android devices.
Back in this week, Google announced in a blog post that it is accompanying AT&T to make Messages by Google the default messaging app for every AT&T customer in the US through an Android phone. It intends to enhanced the features of RCS to as many smartphones as possible.
Android will get some of the best iMessage features
If you don’t know about RCS, the GSM Association describes it as “an open, consistent, and globally interoperable messaging service across Android devices.” iPhone users know about some of the salient features of RCS. For instance, RCS lets users share high-resolution photos and higher-quality videos in text conversations. It also allows users to send messages over data or WiFi.
Moreover, with RCS, users can join and leave group chats without any need of starting with a new thread. Particularly, RCS lets users see when someone is typing in a thread. Of course, classic three dots will pop up when someone is responding to your text — the same as iMessages.
The three dots are fantastic, but for many users, the most useful feature of RCS will be end-to-end encryption. As Google revealed last month, one-to-one conversations initiated by users with access to RCS messages will be encrypted. This “ensures that no one can read the content of your messages as they travel between your phone and the phone of the person you’re messaging.”
“Many AT&T customers have enjoyed the advantages of RCS for years when texting with friends and family. We look forward to working closely with Google to extend these benefits to even more of our customers as they enjoy richer conversations with others around the world,” said AT&T Mobility’s David Christopher of the partnership with Google.