Google will not charge users any fees, but may charge companies that wish to use the RCS chat to communicate with customers, and Google declares that it will not access messages for advertising or other services.
Carriers that directly offer RCS will handle the user's messages, according to the report, and carriers can still choose to take over from Google. Google has been supporting it from the beginning too, but it has proved slow to catch on, particularly as it previously involved your airtime provider to support it. On new Android phones, Messages will remain the default messaging app and once the app is opened, users will be asked if they'd like to opt-in to RCS Chat.
That brings us to now, where in an interview with the Verge, product manager for Android Messages Sanaz Ahari announced that Google is going to step in directly and offer RCS as an opt-in feature in the Messages app, starting in the United Kingdom and France later this month.
Furthermore, Google says that it'll delete any messages from its servers as soon as they arrive on your phone. Granted, SMS messages aren't encrypted either, but a lateral move when it comes to security doesn't exactly instill confidence. Once that's done, you'll be good to go with RCS, and SMS will kick in where RCS isn't available.
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Also, there's no central database for RCS messages, so if you switch devices, your chat won't be synced. And it lets them send higher resolution images and videos.
Today, we've got word Google is taking care of RCS.
Google does a lot of things well, be it from its services or products. Your carrier and their carrier have to support the Universal Profile, and not all of them do. If it says "chat" then congrats, you're using RCS. RCS on its own is a pretty basic messaging system, but its (theoretical) appeal came from the fact that the carriers were doing it. Making RCS replace existing carrier SMS systems meant RCS would be the default, widespread messaging system that would work on every phone-again, this was the whole point of upgrading SMS to begin with. RCS also isn't an option on iPhones, and it's unclear if Apple ever wants to add support for an iMessage competitor to its platform. If he sees text message in the same field, the conversation he is having is most likely with an Android user. If the recipient doesn't use RCS, they will receive a regular SMS. Google has yet to give a timeline for when the service would launch worldwide.