Google Makes its Messages App More Like Apple’s iMessage With RCS

How would you find it if Google Messages app were to make SMSing more similar to texting on an iPhone? US users are just about to find out as Google has launched an update for Android. The updated part of Google’s Rich Communication Services (RCS) is available only in the United States at the moment. Their goal was to replace the standard SMSing as declared last month.

“Hi, everyone! RCS is now available to all users in (the US) as of Monday. Make sure to update both Messages and Carrier Services,” wrote Sanaz Ahari, Senior Director of Product and Design at Google on Twitter.

Backed by RCS, Google has been working on improving standard SMS messaging by creating more helpful chat features.

What does this mean?

Chat features enhance messaging with new features. Therefore when you message your friends, family, you will be able to chat over Wi-Fi or mobile data, send and receive high-resolution videos and photos, and also see when the other person has received your message.

“Plus, you’ll get better group chats, with the ability to name groups, add and remove people to and from groups, and see if people haven’t seen the latest messages,” said Google.

Android users all over the US have access to this update. Messaging over Wi-Fi connections has its perks. If you already have the Messages app, you only have to wait for the updated chat features in the coming weeks; however, if you don’t have the app, you can easily download it on the Play store.

As for the rest of the world, don’t be sad, “Earlier this year, we enabled the ability for anyone in the UK, France, and Mexico to get chat features in Messages and we’ll continue to work on bringing this to everyone on Messages around the world,” said Google.

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