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Google might give Android RCS features to other apps

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  • Proof gleaned from an APK teardown suggests Google might open an Android RCS API to other builders.
  • This may imply you could possibly entry RCS features by other apps in addition to Google’s personal Messages.
  • It’s too early to inform what this could appear like or how open it will be, however the risk is there.

After years of ready for US carriers to get their collective act collectively, Google lastly stepped up and introduced Wealthy Communication Providers (RCS) to the lots in 2020. RCS is principally enhanced textual content messaging, which permits you to get learn receipts, ship massive recordsdata, share location info, and extra.

Even with Google taking the reins, although, Android RCS assist isn’t excellent. To ensure that it to work, you and the particular person(s) you’re chatting with want to be utilizing Google’s Messages app. Whereas Messages is a good texting app, it lags means behind a number of opponents when it comes to helpful features. For instance, Messages solely just lately received the flexibility to schedule out texts, one thing other apps have had for years.

See additionally: The perfect texting apps and SMS apps for Android

Over at XDA-Builders, although, the group discovered that this drawback might have an incoming resolution. By tearing down the newest Messages APK, XDA discovered proof that there may very well be an Android RCS API on the way in which. If true, this could theoretically permit other texting apps to “hook in” to Messages and acquire RCS assist. In idea, this might make it potential for you to see RCS assist in your Android cellphone even in the event you (or the other particular person) aren’t utilizing Messages.

Clearly, for this to work the developer of the texting app you utilize would want to add assist for that RCS API. This wouldn’t be troublesome, although, so it’s cheap to assume a lot of the in style apps on the market would assist this performance.

That is all actually excellent news, however don’t get your hopes up fairly but. We noticed proof in 2019 that Google was growing an Android RCS API, however solely Messages has had entry to it. In the present day’s information is an effective signal, however you’ll want to wait some time earlier than we see this for actual — if we see it in any respect.