What is RCS and how it’s different from SMS? All about it

RCS, the next generation messaging: Text messaging or SMS (Short Message Service) was very popular in the last two decades. But nowadays, most of us send text messages via messaging apps such as Whatsapp, Wechat or Facebook Messenger and iMessage. One of the reasons for using these apps is that SMS doesn’t support features like group-messaging, GIFs, photo sharing or animated stickers, which other messaging apps do. SMS also depends on your phone connection or network. This means, if you do not have signal, you’ll not be able to send or receive text messages. Also, the text is limited to 160 characters.

Despite all those limitations, text messaging is still popular, although the numbers have shrunk. Telecom carriers have realized the shortcomings of SMS and want to keep the message of text alive. That’s why they started thinking of a new messaging technology called Rich Communications Services (RCS), which would provide better features for next-generation messaging.

So what’s RCS messaging, and how does it work? Here you’re going to know all about it.

 

What is RCS messaging?

In order to make messaging service more competitive and friendly with other messaging app, phone makers and network companies are going to develop the latest texting called RCS. The standard of this modern messaging is also being controlled and regulated by GSMA. RCS will bring the best features of Facebook Messenger, iMessage and WhatsApp into a single platform.

Chat RCS Messaging

Rich Communications Services (RCS) is a messaging protocol that can soon replace SMS. It was actually formed in 2007 and was brought to the GSMA’s notice in 2008. After a decade in 2018, Google announced that it has been working with major carriers worldwide to opt the RCS protocol.

 

How Does RCS Messaging Works? 

Google is the biggest supporter of the RCS protocol. It wants this technology to be implemented in Android devices. Currently, Google is launching RCS features in “Chat”, which is an Android app.

Chat will look like a messaging app, which will be more interactive, unlike SMS. It will work using your data connection. It allows you to send group-message or chat, animations, video, audio messages, and pictures. With RCS, you can get a read receipt and also know that someone is typing to reply to your message, that too in real time.


In addition, the Chat can come with a surprising bundle of some of the latest features. For example, you can get current updates, options for sending flight boarding passes, and even you can select your seat while using the existing apps.

Major Features of Chat are listed as-

  • Sending SMS over the internet connection
  • Typing indicators
  • Options for branded-design
  • Verified Sender
  • Read receipts and suggestion for a reply
  • Enhanced Video-calling
  • Content sharing
  • Location sharing
  • Network-based blacklisting
  • one-to-one chat, group chat etc.

 

RCS vs SMS

There’re some distinct advantages of RCS messaging. It will feature better capabilities to your messaging. You can simply send GIFs, high-resolution photos, videos, and other multimedia.

Let’s have a look at some of its advantages-

  1. Expanded message size: No such limit of text, while in SMS it’s 160 characters.
  2. Verified identity: You can ensure the identity of the recipient with some of its new features.
  3. Work even without internet: You can send text in the form of an SMS when there is no internet.
  4. Security feature: However it may not have end-to-end encryption, And it’s still trusted like SMS
  5. Better interaction: Business can have better control over the various process. For example, It will allow users to quickly find out the order status. Also, brands can encourage customer reviews on their products. This messaging will be helpful for both, users and business.

Who supports RCS messaging?

As per GSMA, There’re 68 companies of the telecom industry are agreed to support Chat.  More from remaining are expected.

Who supports RCS?
Image: GSMA

 

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