Samsung has made a partnership with Google to build Rich Communication Services (RCS) on Android. The partnership is made for the integration of Android Messages and Samsung Messages to work together and to provide features along with the ability to chat over Wi-Fi networks, form rich-group chats, see typing indicators and read receipts, and share high-quality multimedia across multiple platforms.
On the basis of this partnership, the new features will be initially made available for the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ and all other smartphones launched thereafter. The smartphones running on supported carriers will receive this feature firstly.
The Collaboration also opens doors for RCS Business Messaging users, especially developers and brands to attract customers of both Android Messages and Samsung Messages.
In short, the new feature will be available for Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, Galaxy S8 Active and some of the Galaxy A & J series smartphones instantly. More importantly, all the Samsung phones compatible with Android 9.0 Pie are eligible for this update.
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Patrick Comet, EVP and Head of Product and Services Innovation Team, Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics stated, “By furthering our robust partnership with Google, we will bring a richer messaging experience to our customers, letting them seamlessly chat with their friends and family across messaging platforms. This collaboration will help further the industry’s momentum toward advanced messaging and global RCS coverage.”
Anil Sabharwal, who is the Google’s VP of Communication Products and Photos says, “Samsung has been a major contributor to this initiative, and our partnership will further advance our shared vision of a substantially improved messaging experience on Android for users, brands and the broader Android ecosystem.”
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There is one more issue which stops the development of RCS. Apple has not given any sign that it will implement RCS soon, hence the users will not be able to send text messages between Android devices and iPhone.