Apple is reportedly working in the direction of enhancing the texting expertise between iPhone and Android gadgets by adopting the RCS (Wealthy Communication Companies) protocol in 2024. The brand new RCS normal will work alongside iMessage and produce a number of messaging options together with learn receipts, typing indicators, the flexibility to share high-quality pictures and movies, and extra. RCS can work over cell information or Wi-Fi. Presently, Android telephones and carriers assist the RCS messaging normal. The function is alleged to achieve iPhone fashions via a software program replace subsequent yr.
As per a report by 9to5Mac, an Apple spokesperson mentioned in a press release that the iPhone might be gaining RCS (Wealthy Communication Companies) assist beginning subsequent yr. The report quotes the assertion — “Later subsequent yr, we might be including assist for RCS Common Profile, the usual as at present revealed by the GSM Affiliation. We consider RCS Common Profile will provide a greater interoperability expertise when in comparison with SMS or MMS. This may work alongside iMessage, which can proceed to be the most effective and most safe messaging expertise for Apple customers”.
The RCS function will launch on iPhone fashions by way of a software program replace subsequent yr and add a variety of iMessage-style options to messaging between iPhone and Android customers together with learn receipts, and typing indicators. Additionally, customers will be capable of share and obtain high-resolution photographs and movies between iPhone and Android handsets with the brand new protocol. The adoption of RCS on iPhone fashions can even let folks share their location in textual content threads and function group chats rapidly. Not like common SMS, RCS can work over mobile and Wi-Fi as properly. RCS messages could possibly be proven in inexperienced, like SMS messages.
Apple had pushed again the RCS normal backed by the GSM Affiliation for greater than a yr, regardless of repeated requests from Google and Samsung. The messaging normal has already been adopted by Android telephones and carriers nationwide. The implementation of RCS on iPhone will pave the way in which for a balanced communication expertise between Android and iPhone fashions. Nonetheless, iMessage will stay unique to Apple gadgets.
In response to Apple’s new announcement, Google’s Senior Vice President of Platforms and Ecosystems Hiroshi Lockheimer posted on X (previously Twitter)— “All people ought to have safe and fashionable messaging with out worrying what sort of telephone they’re texting to. So glad to see Apple becoming a member of our ongoing work with the GSMA on RCS to make texting higher for all!”.
The announcement additionally comes simply days after Carl Pei-led Nothing introduced that its Android telephones would assist iMessage by way of a brand new function.