What Is RCS Messaging (And How to Get It)

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What Is RCS Messaging (And How to Get It)

Postby buzai232 » 2019-08-02 13:49

What Is RCS Messaging (And How to Get It)

Rich communication services, better known as RCS, has been a very long time coming. When it finally reaches your device — as it likely will in 2019 — it will finally put conventional SMS out of its misery. But what exactly is RCS?

At its core, RCS — or more specifically, Chat, which is the Google-developed RCS Universal Profile built for interoperability between wireless networks — is merely another internet-based messaging system not unlike iMessage, Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp. The difference is that RCS Chat will eventually replace SMS and MMS, operating completely within your phone's standard texting app, while still granting luxuries like read receipts and live typing indicators.

However, there are a few downsides to RCS' rollout. For starters, it won't hit all users at the same time, and each user in a conversation needs to have a phone that supports the standard for it to work — otherwise, you'll automatically fall back to SMS. And because RCS is superseding texting, you won't be able to start taking advantage of it until your wireless carrier has activated the feature.
Right now, exactly two devices on Verizon's network support RCS Chat: Google's Pixel 3 and 3 XL. The functionality launched for both Google devices in early December, and is designed to automatically turn itself on after receiving a discreet, server-side update.

In the event that RCS is available to you but is not active on your Pixel 3, setting it up is simple. Just go to the Settings section of the stock Android Messages app, tap "Advanced," and then tap "Chat features." On the following screen, toggle on the first item, labeled "Enable chat features."

If the Chat features item is not visible on your device, that means you haven't received the ability to send and receive RCS messages yet, and you may have to wait before you get it.

For Verizon's many users that don't own Google's latest smartphone, the carrier announced back in November that it was working to bring RCS support to a variety of devices in early 2019.https://www.ttspy.com/how-to-view-another-cell-phones-screen-remotely.html
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