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Google Play Services wants to list which of their chat apps offer RCS features

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Google has been expanding its RCS support for Android for some time, and a more extensive implementation on Android appears to be planned.


Google has its own chat app at the beginning, which is currently limited to SMS in Germany. Messages can do much more than that. For a few months, Google has been integrating the functions known as RCS, which are considered successors to SMS and are similar to modern messaging applications. Now Google wants to expand the area around chat and RCS apps on Android devices, Google Play services reveal beforehand in a teardown.

To this end, XDA colleagues write: “New snippets from Google Play Services v20.15.13 indicate that the new Settings page in Google Play Services shows the list of RCS-compatible applications on your phone. This page also tells users how to configure and use RCS messaging in these applications. “

An exemplary screenshot:

Google wants to provide better information about RCS, directly on Android devices

The reason for this information seems to be that the RCS user has to decide which installed chat application will carry out the RCS functions. Only one installed application can be used for SMS; This app, which is set as the default, also handles RCS. In addition to Google messages, the Samsung Messages app also supports RCS.

In the so-called disassembly, the source code of a current version of the application is analyzed. Text modules and other information about new features often appear at an early stage. At this time, however, it is rarely possible to say when and if the innovations that have been discovered will actually be available to users.