T-Cellular has began rolling out help for the RCS Common profile — a brand new messaging customary that’s speculated to make conventional texting look a bit extra like chatting in a contemporary messaging app, full with learn receipts, typing indicators, and extra.
The rollout, noticed by Android Police, is beginning with Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge and is meant to return to extra Android units later within the 12 months. There are one million qualifiers right here round how and when everybody will actually get to make use of this, however that is nonetheless an vital step towards enhancing the essential texting expertise on Android.
RCS messaging has been supported between T-Cellular prospects for 3 years now, but it surely isn’t till now that T-Cellular has adopted “Common” RCS. Common RCS, if all goes in line with plan, will permit for RCS messaging between supported telephones on all main carriers, quite than simply throughout the identical service.
T-Cellular says that each Android system it sells helps RCS, so in idea, many current T-Cellular units will get updates to help it. And one would think about that ultimately all new Android telephones will help it out of the field.
However like I stated, numerous qualifiers. Proper now, the one different main service supporting Common RCS is Dash. So it’s solely T-Cellular and Dash prospects — who’ve supported telephones — who can use RCS messaging collectively. These prospects even have to make use of the right texting app (the default one constructed into their telephone) with the intention to benefit from the brand new options. Oh, and the iPhone doesn’t help RCS but (if it ever does), so that is probably going to be simply between Android telephones for some time.
T-Cellular had stated that it will begin rolling out Common RCS this quarter, and it’s actually simply sneaking in there within the remaining days. It’s not clear how shortly the rollout will proceed, or to what number of further telephones the rollout will attain.
“We’re planning to allow RCS Common Profile 1.zero with a software program replace for extra Android units this 12 months,” a T-Cellular spokesperson stated in an e mail to The Verge. “Prospects with RCS Common Profile 1.zero will see the brand new options within the native messaging app on their system.”
The massive query, although, is when Verizon and AT&T will activate Common RCS. Each have agreed to help the usual, however neither has given a timeline on the rollout. And which means about that even people who find themselves ready to make use of RCS gained’t get the advantages when chatting with about two-thirds of wi-fi prospects within the US.
Google has lately gotten behind RCS in an enormous method, and the corporate appears to imagine that a lot broader help ought to begin to occur over 2018 and into 2019. “By the top of this 12 months, we’ll be in a extremely nice state, and by mid-next 12 months, we’ll be in a spot the place a big proportion of customers [will have] this expertise,” Anil Sabharwal, who’s main Google’s RCS push, instructed The Verge earlier this 12 months.
We’ll very a lot nonetheless need to see. However at this time’s information reveals that there’s a minimum of some motion amid Google’s massive RCS push. There’s simply nonetheless a really lengthy approach to go.