Google has rolled out an update to its Messages app today, which adds even more features and improves messaging between Android and iOS, including support for reactions from iOS users.
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Google's Messages app is getting updates in the coming weeks that will improve interoperability with iMessage, help keep your inbox clean, and ensure that you don't forget friends' birthdays.
A "compliance warning" string found in a teardown of the Messages app suggests that the app might stop supporting devices that are not certified to run Google Mobile Services on March 31.
After making it available for the Android app, Google is rolling out support for emoji reactions to Messages on the web. The feature seems to be rolling out to all users via a server-side update.
Google has shared some updates on its progress with implementing RCS messaging on Android, saying that it's now available around the world and end-to-end encryption is being added soon.
T-Mobile has just announced a partnership with Google that sees the carrier enable RCS messaging features on Android devices, even when sending messages to users on different carriers.
Google Messages is working on end-to-end encryption for RCS in the app. Full details of how this would work are unknown at this time. Both participants would need to have a stable internet connection.
Google is testing adding an iMessage-like reaction feature to RCS messaging on Android via its Messages app. The feature will allow users to react to messages in a conversation using emoji.
This is an exceptional achievement for a Google app that doesn't come pre-loaded on most Android phones. OEMs usually have different apps of their own to handle SMS messaging services.
Microsoft is continuing its partnership with Samsung by adding support for RCS messaging in the Your Phone app, starting with Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S20 family of flagship phones.
A teardown of the latest Google Messages beta app hints at the ongoing development of features like message reactions and drawing on images for RCS texts. The code also reveals an updated homepage.
Google has announced that it will start rolling out RCS features to the Android Messages app broadly to users in the United States. RCS enables enhanced features such as read status.
Google has decided to stop waiting around for carriers to enable support for RCS messaging on Android phones, and it will start giving users the option to opt into it later this month.
Google seems to have started transitioning Messages for web to its new domain, messages.google.com, apparently as part of the messaging service's departure from its Android.com domain.
Google will be working with many partners to incorporate a dedicated Assistant button into over 100 million mobile devices this year, with the likes of Xiaomi, LG and Nokia already on board.
Google today announced that it is adding support for RCS in Android Messages for Google Fi customers with supported devices. The company is also expanding 4G LTE coverage to more regions this year.
Google will use MWC 2018 to push RCS and its Android Messages application on businesses and customers alike. RCS makes old, clunky, SMS more modern, putting it on par with other instant messengers.
Huawei devices being released in the coming months will use the Android Messages app as the default text messaging app. Android Messages is capable of Rich Communication Services messaging.
In partnership with mobile networks and businesses, Google has announced plans to incorporate an updated messaging standard, Rich Communications Services into a unified app for Android devices.
In a bid to compete with app-based messengers, Google is helping a consortium of carriers implement Rich Communication Services (RCS) to succeed SMS, bringing read receipts to regular texting.
T-Mobile has announced 'Advanced Messaging' - a service that will bring a wide variety of new features to a mostly unchanged messaging service utilized by wireless carriers.