Apple is promising support for RCS, the successor to SMS, in its iPhone operating system iOS next year. This should make sending messages between iPhone and Android phones much smoother. With this move, Apple is responding to years of criticism from Android manufacturers for its iMessage messaging service.
Apple says RCS support will come to iOS next year. “We believe RCS Universal Profile will provide a better interoperability experience compared to SMS or MMS. This will work alongside iMessage,” the company said. You know tonight.
Apple’s move is a major policy reversal, because the iPhone maker has for years withheld RCS support on the iPhone. RCS stands for Rich Communications Services and is the successor to SMS and MMS. It is a standard for sending and receiving messages between different platforms. This will soon allow messaging apps on iPhone and Android phones to work better with each other.
Benefits of RCS system
RCS allows more SMS features to be shared across smartphones from different platforms. For example, iPhone users can text Android users over Wi-Fi and not just cellular networks. Users can also see whether messages are being received and read, and whether the other person is writing or not.
This technology also allows you to send larger video and photo files via SMS and makes it easier to have group chats with iPhone and Android users. Additionally, iPhone users will soon be able to share their location in chat conversations.
Apple’s Messages app (iMessage) will continue to work as usual and will automatically switch to RCS when you want to send a message to an Android phone.
Years of criticism from the Android camp
The company has been repeatedly criticized due to the fact that Apple, unlike Android manufacturers, has not wanted to adopt the RCS standard for years. Android manufacturers like Google and Samsung have also used it in various advertising campaigns.
Earlier this week, phone maker Nothing rolled out a way to make iMessage work on Android in protest of Apple’s policy.
Green and blue speech bubbles
iMessage users can tell by the color of speech bubbles whether they are communicating with someone using an Apple device or an Android user. If the other person has an Android phone, the speech bubbles will be green, otherwise they will be blue.
And this is not the only major change in the iPhone field in 2024, because next year it will also be possible to install applications from outside the App Store.
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