It looks like Rich Communication Services (RCS) is becoming available in Google Messenger. Only a few users have been reported to get it, so it’s possible that Google is currently running a slow rollout.
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RCS brings a lot of new and neat features to SMS. If you’ve ever used Apple’s iMessage, you might find that they’re a little similar to that. Basically, you’ll get to enable some enhanced features, read receipts and typing indicators.
Now, for RCS to fully work, your carrier will have to enable it on their end. In the United States, Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile and MetroPCS have all enabled it. But, as far as Verizon goes, they have yet to have done so. You can find a full list of supported carriers here.
If your carrier has enabled RCS and you use Google Messenger, be on the lookout for a pop-up message that tells you Enhanced Messaging Features can now be turned on. Unfortunately, you can’t “just” turn those on. Beforehand, you need to make sure that battery optimization is turned off for Google Messenger. Once you’ve done that, you’ll be able to enable things like Enhanced Messaging Features, Read Receipts and Typing Indicators.
According to Android Police, at the time of their writing, RCS has been spotted on two Pixel XLs and a Nexus 6P. One Pixel XL is on Project Fi while the other Pixel XL and Nexus 6P is on Sprint. As we mentioned earlier, it seems like this is a fairly slow and controlled rollout, so everyone on a supported carrier may not see these features for a little while now.
source: Android Police