Apple will finally adopt the Android RCS Messaging Standard for improved communication between Android and iPhone devices.
RCS, or Rich Communication Services, has been on Android phones and a protocol adopted by Google. Carriers and smartphone makers have been pushing to have it on all devices, but Apple has been resisting it for a long time. Historically, Google has asked Apple to adopt RCS using social media, websites, and billboards, and it looks like the Cupertino-based company is finally giving in.
RCS uses higher-resolution videos, photos, and audio messages, as well as bigger file sizes. Improved encryption is also supported, and group chat and cross-platform emojis as well. Apple intends to meet with Google and other GSMA members on how to adopt and improve RCS. Support for RCS is expected to launch via a software update in 2024, and Apple says that RCS will be on iOS devices next year.