Although Google Fi is at the top of the RCS push, the new messaging protocol does not yet have to be supported. It would have been useful if the Google created MVNO would have been one of the first to support the feature that Google has been pursuing for years on other OEMs and carriers, but unfortunately not. Well, better late than never – Google has finally announced support for RCS Universal Profile on Fi.
As of January 14, 2019, all phones developed for Google Fi will be able to access RCS messaging. The News app allows users to enjoy iMessage-like text messaging when communicating with other devices whose network operators also support RCS Universal Profile (also called "chat"). Currently, this means Sprint, US Cellular and some T-Mobile phones in the US, but the list of supported carriers is growing day by day.
For the time being, you do not have to do anything if you're on an Internet connection Designed for Fi phones like Google's Pixel range or one of the Android One phones they sold last year. Just connect to someone through the News app (formerly Android News), and if they're on a compatible phone and network, the text box at the bottom of your message thread displays "Chat Message" instead of "Text Message." "- This means that you can enjoy all the enhancements to the RCS Universal Profile in your message with this person.
Other phones that have recently been made compatible with Fi may not work with RCS, for example, if you have your own Android device bring along and run 6.0 Marshmallow or later, it should work with the new standard as long as you send text messages using the Messages app, but iPhones will not work with RCS in the near future, regardless of what carrier they are on. [1
RCS brings a lot of changes to plain text messaging. For example, you can now receive read receipts when the recipient displays your message and a flag when they start typing. You can transfer files much larger (up to 105 MB) and create a group chat with up to 100 members. You can send messages over both Wi-Fi and mobile data, share your location so someone can find you, and more. RCS is the future of text messaging, and it's a great day to hear that another carrier is adding support. With the addition of Google Fi for more phones and the protection of bills, RCS is just another reason why you should make the switch.
What do you think about Google Fi adding support for RCS messaging? Are you generally enthusiastic about RCS news? Let us know in the comments. Further information on RCS messaging can be found under the following link.