Google wants Apple to offer RCS on iPhone, not iMessage on Android

Hiroshi Lockheimer, vice president of Android at Google, continues to talk about RCS and the lack of support at Apple. He raised this topic in a tweet this weekend and is outbid today with other messages.

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Google insists: Apple must offer RCS support

The message is clear: Google wants Apple to support RCS, the successor to SMS, not the manufacturer to offer iMessage on Android. RCS is much more modern than SMS and offers several advantages. There are delivery receipts, conversation encryption, sending good quality images and videos, better-managed group conversations, the ability to converse over Wi-Fi and more. We are very close to iMessage in the idea.

“We are not asking Apple to make iMessage available on Android. We ask Apple to support the Industry Standard for Modern Messaging (RCS) in iMessage, just as they support the older SMS / MMS standards ”Hiroshi Lockheimer tweeted. Why ? Because RCS works everywhere, just like SMS. It is a fallback solution. He notes that texting is one way to make sure the person receives the message. Google wants the same with the RCS for a much more modern standard.

However, iMessage doesn’t have to die

Google itself isn’t asking Apple to end iMessage and only offers RCS support on iPhone. The idea is for RCS on iPhone to be used instead of SMS when a user is chatting with an Android user (or any other phone that doesn’t use iMessage). “RCS support would improve the experience for iOS and Android users. That’s right, RCS will also improve the experience and privacy of iOS users ”, underlines Hiroshi Lockheimer.

“Apple is slowing down the industry and the user experience not only for Android users, but also for its own customers”, adds the vice-president. He concludes by saying: “We are happy to be working with Apple to make RCS interoperability a reality.”

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