Verizon is finally deploying RCS Chat for the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL today, December 6th, marking the first devices on Verizon’s network to get the feature. The carrier says they want to keep bringing the new feature to other Android devices soon, but don’t hold your breath on that being a quick process.
This move is pretty big for Google and their absolutely convoluted mess of a mobile messaging strategy, as RCS is supposedly going to be their fix for unifying messaging across platforms, apps, and carriers. The carriers still have to support it, obviously, which is why Verizon finally getting on board with Google’s latest flagship is a big win.
RCS Chat brings next-generation features to regular ol’ SMS messaging, like typing indicators, read receipts, and being able to send picture messages to other people without having the carrier compress it to death and ruin your photo. It’s also compatible with other carriers, whenever those carriers get their RCS profiles updated and rolled out to users.
But if you have a Pixel 3 on Verizon, keep an eye out for those updates today. You won’t be able to test the features with many users (or anyone with an iPhone) but you’ll be the first in your friend group to have it.
source: The Verge