Google has not been getting on well with communicators for a long time. But the change would come with the advent of RCS, where mobile operators work together. But they do not touch anything, so Google now takes the thing into their own hands. Recently, this service can be used by people in France and the United Kingdom.
Rich Communication Services, abbreviated as RCS, is the latest bet from Google. Previous attempts with Hangouts or Everyone did not work, so he is now clamoring here. Mobile operators around the world have also agreed to the RCS – it should replace outbound SMS in the future. But so far they are not in the implementation.
How does RCS work?
So Google decided to take things into their own hands. Although all communication is through the operator, it is executed over the Internet. It is technically possible to circumvent the operator and allow the support of this protocol to these users, your provider has not yet implemented the function.
On the user side, RCS works very easily and is very similar to Apple's iMessage. It only activates the standard SMS application and sends a contact message. If the default application supports RCS, it will be sent via that protocol, no matter which side – it arrives as a classic SMS / MMS. However, if both phones and applications support the feature, you can use all features.
It's a classic indicator that someone writes or sends GIFs, stickers and photos for free. Everything runs through the Internet, although the operator may charge for this service.
How is this with Google communicators? What else does the company support?
Instead of operators via Google servers
But most carriers are not going anywhere to deploy the service, and Google ran out of patience. After all, it still does not have another chat application for regular users – the rest of Allo was killed last year and Hangouts is also slowly coming to an end. Google's solution ignores operators and takes all communication through its own servers, to work, but the consent of the user will be necessary, everything will not be completely automatic. But the classic messaging app that Google says here is just enough to work.
The reason is logical here – all communication will be through Google's servers. Through it, however, it only goes through the messages and stores them for the shortest time needed to deliver. If both sides are online, the message is deleted immediately, otherwise it will wait for the terminal to connect. But communication, like SMS, is not encrypted and theoretically has access to data. However, this is working and in the future everything may be the same as in competition.
But the news will be available for now. only in the UK and France. Once one of the operators activates the service, Google directs them to their servers. So far, however, it is not at all sure if and when it will spread to other states. So we have to wait and it's a question of whether someone is getting the service.
Limitations similar to WhatsApp
The biggest difference between iMessage and Chat mentioned above is that Apple uses the central registry to determine whether a user uses iMessage. But this is not possible with RCS, where messages flow through decentralized points – individual operators or currently Google. The phone silently asks you if the other person is using Chat when you open the conversation, and if so, it connects.
Everything is so tied to a phone number, just like WhatsApp. In addition, the solutions used prevent multiple applications, so we can forget about a stand-alone desktop application. The only possible solution is to use a site that still communicates with a phone that can not be offline.
Source: The Verge