Google has been actively trying to push RCS messaging service for more than a year now. However, due to the lack of supports from carriers and device manufacturers, Google’s efforts haven’t yielded a lot of results. However, it seems that the company will start pushing RCS messaging on its own going forward. According to the Verge, the company is bringing RCS messaging to Android users located in the UK and France.
While it is too early to tell, the company might make the RCS messaging Android’s version of iMessage. However, if you are looking forward to checking the service out, you will be disappointed to know that Google will release RCS messaging in the UK and France later this month and it’s unclear when users from other countries will get RCS although Google said it will release the service in different countries throughout the year.
Moreover, Google will provide the messaging service in an opt-in basis. If you choose to use the service, you will be able to switch to RCS from the Android Messages app. However, you should note that the Google’s RCS messaging won’t feature end-to-end encryption. As a result, you might want to wait a bit before starting to use the service.