Google has been one of the biggest companies that have long supported an era of RCS. Despite the multiple issues with cellular carriers and bad implementation, the tech giant seems to be going behind this technology that could succeed SMS. Now, in a rather surprise move, the company has started rolling out RCS support to the Android devices in the United States. This goes in sync with the promise it had made in November, that the company would be making RCS available in all devices by the end of 2019.
Despite the promise, the second week of December is a bit earlier for Google to make the roll-out. It should be noted that the RCS adoption is not just about the software update. Understanding this, Google had also insisted on the carriers taking the right moves for this. As a result, US carriers had formed a system that will allows the seamless growth of RCS, a part of which the implementation became quicker. Now that the tele-com carriers have done their part, the software update from Google would bring all the benefits of RCS to Android users in the United States.
RCS is considered one of the biggest changes to be made in the field of instant messaging. Envisaged as a big alternative to Apple’s iMessage, and a better successor for SMS, RCS is bringing a number of features that had become common in Instant Messaging platforms. Options like read receipts, typing indicators and the overall boost of speed are some of the reasons why RCS could easily take on SMS, which has been having its reign for decades now. Whether the RCS initiative from Google would be as successful as what Apple did via iMessage is another question.