Published: Mon, July 02, 2018
Technology | By Christopher Mann

Mobile Rolls Out Advanced Messaging Standard Powered by Google

Mobile Rolls Out Advanced Messaging Standard Powered by Google

RCS is the next-generation text messaging standard that's created to make traditional texting a bit more like dedicated messaging platforms, with features like multi-person chats and read receipts.

Oreo has been slowly rolling out to various Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge variants over the last several months, and now it's T-Mobile's turn. Apart from India, the update is said to be rolling out in the Philippines as well. The RCS Universal profile includes typing indicators, read receipts and other features that you would expect to find on internet-based messaging apps. The carrier says more Android devices will get support later this year, which should be too hard to achieve, since every Android phone it sells already supports standard RCS.

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First up, T-Mobile's version of the LG G6 is receiving its Android Oreo update. While T-Mobile has made a decision to implement the new messaging feature via RCS, Verizon and AT&T have not revealed any release date for RCS. But this update involves more than just a firmware update, it also includes support for RCS Universal Profile 1.0, allowing for richer communications between carriers. Users will automatically be able to see the new features in the native messaging apps once it is rolled out.

Software version of the Oreo update for the Galaxy S7 sets at O2 network is EREL while that for the EE carrier is EREM.

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In any case, there's no telling how long it will take carriers to roll out RCS Universal Profile to all customers, though many are likely in for quite a waiting period - especially those that use older phones.

Also being updated today is the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active.

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