Rich Communication Service (RCS)

The Rich Communication Service (RCS) is a type of communication rule or protocol between telephone carriers and also between phone and the carrier. It aims to replace the existing SMS service with rich add-ons.

Key Points

  • The service allows the exchange of chats, audio - video, high-resolution images to give a similar appearance to that of popular messaging applications like WhatsApp, Facebook messenger etc.
  • The features of RCS also chat over Wi-Fi or data, sharing reactions on chats, group conversations and knowing when messages are read.
  • It is also capable of transmitting multimedia during a call and provides a feature called phone book polling.
  • Samsung is the major original equipment manufacturer (OEM) which supports RCS globally. Samsung RCS capable devices have been launched commercially since 2012 in Europe and in the United States since the year 2015.

Google rolls out RCS Chat

Recently, Google has introduced Rich Communication Services messaging worldwide. The Google RCS chat services is available to all Android users with Google’s Messages app. RCS messaging is an effort of Google to match messaging services like WhatsApp, Facebook messenger, and Telegram. Google has added also end-to-end encryption to one-on-one conversations through RCS. However, at end-to-end encryption is available for beta testers only and will be extended to all users later. Google announced in November 2019 that it will deploy RCS through its messaging app.  The first roll out began in the UK and France and now it is available to users worldwide.

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