Google Completes Rollout Of RCS Android Chat In UK And France, With More Countries To Follow Soon

Posted: Jul 28 2019, 5:03am CDT | by , in Technology News

 

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Google completes rollout of RCS Android chat in UK and France, with more countries to follow soon
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Start texting through your computers soon.

Google’s new carrier messaging service for Android phones, called RCS (Rich Communication Services), has officially rolled out to the whole U.K. and France, with plans to expand the service to more countries in the near future.

The completion of the U.K. and France rollout was confirmed by Hiroshi Lockheimer, Google's senior vice president of Android, Chrome, Chrome OS & Play. Lockheimer is one of the founding members of the Android team at Google.

Lockheimer was responding to a tweet by Dieter Bohn, executive director at tech news site The Verge when he revealed that the next wave of rollout of the RCS is happening to other countries soon.

The RCS is Google’s challenger to Apple’s iMessage, which has been existing since 2011.

With RCS, Android users will be able to access their text messages at any device they are logged in. The messaging service will not only transmit plain texts, but also high-resolution photos, videos and larger files. Users can also make video calls, chat with a group and know when their contacts are typing a message and when messages are read.

The RCS can be accessed by Android users through the Messages app on Google Play Store. Texting is made easier with the new technology as users can text anyone from their phone or straight from their computer any time. The app offers the trendy “dark mode” feature for dim environments.

With the Messages app, users can search for texts, photos, videos or other files using a certain search term. They can even send payments through the app.

In February, Google has announced a new update to the RCS, making Google Assistant through the Messages app with just one tap. The integration of Google Assistant to the Messages app was done through on-device AI, allowing the assistant to offer suggestion chips within conversations.

As an added bonus, Google’s own messaging app is also complete with GIFs and stickers, which are proving to be popular across other existing messaging apps.

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