The four major US carriers, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile, have just announced that they will join forces in 2020. They will jointly provide RCS news for Android smartphones in the United States.
Google has been promoting RCS messaging for Android smartphones for the past few years. However, its progress has been slow. Earlier this year, Google decided to skip the carrier and start rolling out RCS independently in some regions. Excluding the U, via the app Google Messages.
So far, only selected operators of some operators have been granted access to RCS messages. But this situation will change next year. Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile have announced the Cross-Operator Messaging (CCMI). A joint venture that will bring RCS to Android smartphones by 2020.
The new service will use the “GSMA Rich Communication Services (RCS) Industry Standard”. To create a “single seamless, interoperable RCS experience between US and global carriers”. It’s unclear whether this will use Google’s foundation for RCS, or it may require a different application. The reporter contacts Google to see if they are involve. Google is not mention in any of the operator’s press releases.
The Verge website can get more details about this situation directly from CCMI. This service will have its own application. Which means it won’t use Google Messages. Obviously, this new standard will be compatible with common configuration files. But it will not follow it directly. CCMI also said it is working with companies such as Google and Samsung to ensure that their customers are also compatible.
Moreover, business messaging seems to be a major point of interest for CCMI. As the manager of the initiative, Doug Garland quickly emphasized this feature as the primary reason for the existence of CCMI.
In a press release, Verizon explained that CCMI will enable the same RCS functionality as the upcoming standard, which is what people expect. These include high-quality images and videos, more convenient group chats, and some business-oriented features. Obviously, more details will be announce “later”.
The CCMI service will work with the group to which its operator belongs and other companies in the RCS ecosystem:
- Promote a strong ecosystem of messaging between businesses and consumers and accelerate the adoption of Rich Communication Services (RCS).
- Enhance experience can be privately sent to individual or group chats between operators via high quality images and videos
- Provide consumers with the ability to talk to their favorite brands, book a carpool, pay bills or schedule appointments
- Create a seamless, interoperable RCS experience between US and global carriers
It will take a while for RCS news to enter your Android smartphone, but at least in the US, this has finally gotten better.
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