Google wants to help Apple adopt Rich Communication Services(RCA), a new communication protocol to iPhone and iPad. It will replace the standard SMS and offer improved cross-platform messaging capabilities.
Hiroshi Lockheimer, Google’s senior vice president of Android in a tweet said, “group chats don’t need to break this way.” While referring to a subtweet about the inconvenience Android and iPhone users have in communicating via messages.
💚 Group chats don’t need to break this way. There exists a Really Clear Solution. Here’s an open invitation to the folks who can make this right: we are here to help. 💚💙 https://t.co/4P6xfsQyT0
— Hiroshi Lockheimer (@lockheimer) October 7, 2021
Lockheimer referring to the RCS protocol said it’s a “Really Clear Solution ” and that he is offering an “open invitation to the folks who can make this right,” with the “folks” in question being a reference to Apple.
Google has been using RCS for several years, and in July all 3 major carriers in the US promised to adopt RCS. The RCS protocol supports higher quality photos and videos, audio messages, improved security, and better group chats.
Android to Android messaging using RCS communication will be fully end to end encrypted. While in the case of Android to iPhone communication, usually referred to as “green bubble” is less secure due to Apple’s unwillingness to adopt RCS.