Google’s guess on RCS is paying off, or a minimum of that’s what it desires us to assume. After a number of minor wins, together with Apple quietly confirming RCS help within the subsequent iPhone and formally surpassing 1 billion month-to-month energetic customers, Google is celebrating its successes by announcing new options for Messages customers on Android.
I do need an official rely on what number of of these billion customers felt compelled onto the usual as a result of it was the platform’s solely choice for iMessage-style options. At the least RCS is higher than SMS in myriad methods: there’s no character restrict, it’s encrypted, and it permits you to use emoji reactions for messages, identical to iPhone customers have been capable of do all this time. It gained’t supply the identical advantages once you’re messaging with an iPhone person, however that’s simply how the cookie crumbles on this aggressive dual-platform society.
Right here’s the lowdown on the enjoyable options coming to Google Messages for Android: Photomoji permits you to make emoji reactions for messages from an image in your cellphone. I fear in regards to the shenanigans that would come from this sort of function. Google doesn’t point out how the Photomoji shows between RCS customers and iOS. Voice moods, introduced as part of a extra vital rollout that features updates to Put on OS, add artwork to your voice message to offer the individual on the opposite finish a heads up on the vibe earlier than they tune in.
The bitrate and sampling price of voice messages have additionally improved between RCS customers, so indignant rants shall be loud and clear. Since RCS is about wealthy communication, Google added Display screen Results, which function “vibrant animations” once you sort oft-used phrases like “I really like you.” Google says there are about 15 Display screen Results immediate phrases to unlock.
A number of the further options are plucked from different platforms. Animated emojis, as an illustration, exist on social media and elsewhere, and Profiles sounds just like the equal of swapping iOS’s verified Contact Cards. Talking of the iPhone, Customized Bubbles permits you to change the colour and background of your conversations. The thought is that there’s not a blue versus inexperienced bubble battle. However it’s unclear if iPhone customers will see this colour change, so it gained’t do a lot to repair the inexperienced bubble debate.
Positive, this seems like a recreation of catchup to different messaging apps, however Android customers want the win. Maybe Google additionally wished to increase the occasion after Apple’s reluctant acquiescence. It’s extra enjoyable to make this look like a Cleaning soap Opera drama as a substitute of 1 firm maintaining its dominance by a proprietary commonplace.
The brand new Google Messages options will ultimately roll out to all RCS customers however have began rolling out to beta customers first. You’ll have to sign up to get in on the motion earlier than everybody else.