Apple could take a big step toward improving texting between iPhone and Android devices by adopting the Rich Communication Services standard in 2024.
According to 9to5Mac on Thursday, an Apple spokesperson said in a statement that RCS – a more feature-rich text messaging standard available on Android phones – will come to the iPhone and work with iMessage. Apple did not immediately respond to request for comment.
“Later next year, we will add support for the RCS Universal Profile, the standard currently published by the GSM Association,” an Apple spokesperson said in a statement to 9to5Mac. “We believe RCS Universal Profile will provide a better interoperability experience compared to SMS or MMS. This will work alongside iMessage, which will continue to be the best and most secure messaging experience for Apple users.”
No specific deadline was given. The move could lead to a huge improvement in how texts are sent between Apple iPhones and other phones, as RCS has the ability to support typing indicators, high-quality media sharing, and feedback. line. Currently, RCS supports these features for texting between Android phones that use the Google Messages app, which is the default texting app on most Android phones.
“Everyone deserves to communicate with each other in a modern and secure way, no matter what phone they have. That’s why we’ve worked closely with the mobile industry to accelerate adoption of RCS, and we’re pleased to see Apple take its first step today by joining RCS,” a Google spokesperson said. in a statement. “We welcome Apple’s participation in our ongoing work with the GSMA to evolve RCS and make messaging fairer and more secure, and we look forward to working with them to implement this on iOS in a way that works well for everyone.”
If this were to indeed happen, it doesn’t necessarily mean that all of Apple’s best iMessage features would suddenly be available to Android users. Both Apple and Google have included their own proprietary features in their text messaging apps, such as Apple’s Check In feature for location sharing and Google’s Magic Compose feature which uses artificial intelligence to compose texts. This perhaps does not mean the death of the green bubble versus blue bubble situation.
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