Google is launching its Rica Communication Service, the RCS Chat without the support phone operators. Technology is the evolution of SMS. And it will be available, in principle, for France and UK.
RCS Chat is betting on Google to create a native conversation app that looks like iMessage. In practice, it’s as if the SMS app on your Android now has WhatsApp-like features. Such as read confirmation, group creation, image upload, and location sharing.
Initially, this new model of communication protocol will be enabled without the intermediary of operators. Since the universal profile to support RCS is interoperable, any party (operators, cellular or operating system manufacturers) can enable the service.
Google got to work with carriers to develop the technology. But progress, according to The Verge, was slow and the company owner of Android decided to act without intermediaries.
Advantages and disadvantages
If, on the one hand, RCS brings to the native Android application the features we mentioned and the possibility of making video and voice calls via IP, on the other, it will not have end-to-end encryption. This leaves the messages exposed part of the process. Additionally, RCS has no database and no synchronization between devices.
Sanaz Ahari is the director of messaging product management for Android. She told The Verge that the team is working to address these issues.
Devices in RCS-enabled regions will display a notification requesting upgrade when the user opens the message application. If a person using the RCS is talking to another person without permission for this protocol, the messages will automatically be sent via SMS.