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.
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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.
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 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 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.
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.