With this article, we would like to explain RCS messaging to you!
What does RCS mean?
RCS stands for Rich Communication Services (RCS).
It’s a communication protocol between mobile telephone carriers and between phone manufacturers aiming at replacing the outdate SMS.
The first SMS was sent in 1992. Before SMS and text messaging people used radio pagers to receive a line of text.
How would this technology be used?
RCS is a new way of enhanced communication for SMS, MMS, Calling. It will make text messages look and feel like the dedicated messaging apps.
Now at first glance it may seem your phone already uses SMS, MMS without the need for RCS. The difference is RCS will be part of your mobile phone service and will work on any mobile phone without downloading all those separate apps. Its much more convenient and user friendly.
Now at the time of writing its very much a work in progress.
Most important the mobile carriers need to make changes to support RCS. It will require a software and network update.
As with all new standards there has been a mixed response from carriers, phone makers and app developers around the world. This happens all the time because everyone needs to agree on a worldwide standard.
Google is working hard to make sure RCS becomes the standard by working with carriers and Android phone companies to support RCS officially and by default. Many manufacturers didn’t want to develop software to make their devices retroactively support the protocol.
What is the response of the individual providers?
This is where Google steps in. Google is implementing RCS in its own messenger app, Android Messages.
Samsung is also getting into the act with Samsung Messages.
Microsoft has promised support.
Naturally no support from Apple.
Examples of using RCS now and in the future.
You will be able to read receipts, send and receive high-resolution photos and videos, chat over Wi-Fi or mobile data, name group chats, add and remove participants from group chats, Video calling, data sharing in real time and more.
It is important to note both parties will have to have RCS enabled. At this time, it may be a problem for some users. Hopefully, things will improve over time.
RCS is at a early stage in development. I am not sure if consumers will adopt RCS fully perhaps they will keep on installing messenger apps, who knows.
RCS has rolled out in many countries, but they have not successfully unified the network connection across borders.
It is hoped in the future RCS could become a universal, consolidated messaging system around the world, only time will tell.
How about you? Have you already heard about this technology and if so, what is your opinion about it?
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