AT&T has joined the list of networks carriers to consort with Google in upgrading how its inbuilt messaging system functions in their custom-made gadgets. Henceforth, all Android phones powered by AT&T will now use Google’s Android Messages app for Rich Communication Services (RCS) and SMS by default.
In the U.S. T-Mobile and AT&T have reportedly debuted this partnership upgrade with Google’s Android platform — whereas T-Mobile started partnering with Google before AT&T joined the movement. However, it is expected of Verizon to join the moving train sooner or later — Google defaults messaging platform can also serve Verizon customers when they assign the deal.
Just as AT&T switches to Android’s message system, it also enables the RCS interoperability with other networks. Although the carrier network has supported RCS prior to now — it did not function better than Google’s tech. Still, this partnership with Google means AT&T customers will access end-to-end encryption for RCS communication the Search Giant has started rolling out.
Google’s messaging services have featured RCS by default, which depicts the Search Giant has accessed the next generation of encrypted SMS. Google has reportedly created awareness for network carriers to adopt its soluble texting exclusive for its OS.
Since RCS appears to be simplified and more beneficial than SMS — RCS can send larger files without character limits, RCS can also indicate a recipient is typing, supports Wi-Fi connections, as well as grouped chats and one-on-one chat — this RCS communication is end-to-end encrypted.
It worth noting that RCS for texting and Google’s Chat are closely linked but function differently, whereby when your device detects the recipient you are texting also has support for RCS texting, your text entry window will indicate your Chat has been enabled. Although RCS is mostly used by texting apps such as Google Chat, WhatsApp, Telegram, etc.
Overtime, Google has been preaching about adopting its RCS tech since 2019 — at the time, they attempted to initiate a partnership with interested tech companies but none of them heed to Google’s proposal.
Nonetheless, Google decided to imbibe RCS to default in its Android OS — which offers the same RCS service to other droid users. Still, political misconceptions, corporate fights have hindered the productivity of RCS Chat.
Involving network carriers by Google depicts that the Search Giant is relentless in defaulting RCS integration with SMS. Tech giants in the States, including Verizon and Apple, are expected to adopt this Rich Communication Service, RCS. The iPhone maker will possibly adopt this advanced messaging since it currently trends and iOS is yet to develop its version of RCS.