Apparently Verizon is looking to release their RCS for text messaging in early 2019, according to the company’s SVP of consumer products Apart Khurjekar. Khurjekar has already taken the stage at a New Jersey GSMA event to make these announcements, and also along with a wealth of much less interesting details about business messaging. This Appears to be the catalyst behind Verizon’s sudden interest in bringing RCS to fruition, though I think that we can all be quite thankful that something has actually spurred the carrier to improve the current state of messaging.
RCS is of course the next revolution of text messaging, which expands upon SMS with a whole raft of newer options: read receipts, group chats, typing indicators, and much, much more. RCS includes many of the features which made iPhone’s iMessage so popular. It’s unencrypted, which is one of the huge drawbacks of the system itself, though it’s infinitely useful than the old fashioned SMS.
RCS Chat is also meant to replace SMS if carriers start to play ball with this new technology, as they will need to update the Universal Profile (the keystone of RCS tech which allows the system to work and let inter-carrier messages mingle together). Unfortunately at this current time, only US Cellular, Sprint, and T-Mobile support this new feature, with Verizon and AT&T having opted for proprietary systems instead.
Verizon’s RCS will also support Universal Profile 1.0, according to The Verge, though the company did not confirm if this would be true at the release day. Unfortunately, beyond the nebulous target date of simply “2019”, we’re still not quite sure when to expect Verizon’s implementations of this new system to be put in. Furthermore, we will all need to know more about Google and Apple’s progress in building RCS to support to nail down any sort of real time table. Apple has yet to announce RCS support at all in the mean time. At least we’re on our way now.
via Android Police