Google has an answer to iMessage, lacks encryption and more…

RECTANGLE google responds to imessage

The blue iMessage bubbles, a long timestamp of Apple supremacy has a new partner in town, Google RCS.

In a blog post, Google announced they are rolling out Google RCS (Rich Communication Services) and gave us new information we didn’t know, here is how they described it:

To make your conversations more seamless, we’ve worked on upgrading traditional SMS text messaging with more useful chat features, powered by RCS (Rich Communication Services). When you and your friends message each other with these chat features, you can chat over Wi-Fi or mobile data, send and receive high-resolution photos and videos, and see if people have received your latest messages. Plus, you’ll get better group chats, with the ability to name groups, add and remove people to and from groups, and see if people haven’t seen the latest messages. 

In short, RCS isn’t a new app, it simply builds off of the current framework within Android and the Google Messages app. It differs from normal SMS since now, you can send and receive messages without requiring a cellular connection and when you only have a Wifi connection.

RCS supports things that iMessage does like read receipts, full image size support, stickers and more. But unlike iMessage, RCS does not have end to end encryption meaning your messages aren’t scrambled making it easier for hackers to gain access.

Is RCS enough to get people to switch? Definitely not, the ideal world, Apple bringing iMessage to Android, which will never happen. People stick with their Apple devices simply for it, Apple migrating a key Apple feature to their biggest rival is only a dream that will not come true.

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Sami started falling in love with Apple in 2010 with the iPhone 4S. As a registered developer, he deeply admires the world of Apple. Sami is an aspiring journalist, writer, and actor. He also has devoted his life to sharing his passion and knowledge with others around the world.