Google confirms RCS is live in Messenger

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Following last week’s discovery, Google is confirming that Messenger is live with Rich Communication Services (RCS) in select regions.

Next up in the U.S. to get support for Google’s RCS standard is Sprint customers. Anyone who currently uses select LG and Nexus phones from the carrier will be able to enjoy the enhanced messaging experience once the Google Messenger is installed or updated.

Furthermore, all new Android devices on Sprint’s network will use Google Messenger as the default messaging app starting in 2017. It’s part of Google’s strategy to standardize its RCS implementation for the world.

New U.S. partners will launch RCS for their customers in the coming months. If your phone and carrier support RCS already, Google Messenger should give you a small notification at some point to let you know it can be enabled.

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What’s the benefit of RCS? You get things like group chat, high quality photo-sharing, and read receipts. Much of the work done is over data, backed by the Jibe RCS cloud hosted by Google.

Google says more than 58 companies worldwide have agree to support a single, standard implementation of RCS; therefore, it may not be too crazy to think 4.7 billion people globally could be messaging through the same technology.

Source: Google


About the Author: Justin Herrick

Born and raised in New Jersey, Justin is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University where he studied marketing with a focus on digital marketing. He's very talkative and enjoys discussing anything from technology and sports to video games and television. As for Justin's current device rotation, he carries around the Google Pixel and Nexus 9. In the rare case that his phone or tablet is not in his hand, he is either flicking through cards on his Moto 360 (2015) or typing away on the Microsoft Surface Book. Justin is patiently waiting for the day that Google replicates the Galaxy Nexus with modern day specifications.


  • Joseph Cascio

    Is Apple one of those companies?

    • Aro

      haha, probably not :P