Samsung and Google announced they are working together to offer an enhanced smartphone messaging experience, accelerating the industry initiative toward global Rich Communication Services (RCS) coverage and interoperability.
This collaboration will ensure that Android Messages and Samsung Messages will work seamlessly together and with RCS messaging, enabling features like the ability to chat over WiFi, create rich group chats, see typing indicators and read receipts, and share high-resolution photos and videos across platforms.
Working together, Google and Samsung will ensure that their messaging clients, Android Messages and Samsung Messages, work seamlessly with each company’s RCS technology, including cloud and business messaging platforms.
To date, Google and Samsung have collaborated to introduce RCS to select Samsung devices; as part of this expanded collaboration, Samsung will work to bring these RCS features to existing mobile phones – beginning with the Galaxy S8 and S8+.
The following phones will get RCS support:
- Galaxy S8
- Galaxy S8+
- Galaxy S8 Active
- Galaxy S9
- Galaxy S9+
- Galaxy Note 8
- Galaxy Note 9
- Select Galaxy A and J series running Android 9.0 or later
Furthermore, RCS capabilities will be available for select Galaxy smartphones on carriers that support RCS.
This collaboration further accelerates the adoption and availability of RCS globally, enabling an enhanced messaging experience across the entire Android ecosystem.