Google announced today that Android Message users in the U.S. will be able to enjoy RCS Rich Communications from today. As the successor to traditional SMS sMS services, its RCS supports read-read receipts, seamless Wi-Fi-based messaging, and high-resolution photos, videos, and stickers. As a supplement, Android Message also supports additional group communication features, such as adding/removing group members, modifying group names, and more.
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As a “free upgrade” to the Google Mail app, the app is also pre-installed on most Android devices, and other users can download it for free (portal) in the Google Play Store.
This feature upgrade has been pushed to Android Messages users in the U.S. from now on and is expected to deliver extensive support by the end of 2019 – if operators can bring in support for RCS services in a timely manner.
At the time of writing, T-Mobile users were still “not supporting” the feature, and other carriers remained to be seen.