SMS or text messaging is a universal way of staying connected with people but despite being the most important thing in a cell phone, SMS hasn’t evolved to take advantage of all the features that smartphones offer today. But that’s about to change.

Google is finally re-branding its Messenger app as “Android Messages” to provide enhanced messaging experience to Android users worldwide, by using RCS.

RCS – Richer Communication Service is an upgraded form of SMS that lets users access all the features that are in other messaging app, from their default texting app.

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What is RCS & Android Messages?

RCS is part of the new Advanced Messaging Standard of GSMA designed to enrich messaging functionality that comes installed on phones by default. In addition to sending text messages, RCS will also allow for higher resolution picture sharing, group chats, location sharing, and read receipts by default.

Android Messages will support RCS, SMS and MMS so people can message all their friends regardless of their network or device type. Google will continue to improve and add new features.

Smartphone to come with Android Messages

Android Messages will come as a default native messaging app in smartphones. These smartphone brands include LG, Motorola, QMobile, Sony, HTC, ZTE, Micromax, General Mobile, HMD Global – Home of Nokia Phones, Archos, BQ, LeEco, Cherry Mobile, Condor, Fly, Lanix, MyPhone, Lava, Kyocera, Symphony and Wiko, Pixel and Android One devices.