US carriers are hard at work on the development and implementation of a Rich Communication Services app that will be deployed at a later point in 2020. The service will allow owners of Android devices to send and receive messages with the help of an active internet connection, a great boon for those who love to text.
Google has been doing its part, updating the Android Messages app and enabling RCS Chat on all Android devices. Messages sent via RCS chat can have a maximum length of 8,000 characters instead of 160. Read marks will show if sent messages have been sent.
Taking a page from the iMessage book
Android users have asked for an iMessage alternative for years, and their dream is close to becoming a reality. The list of available features includes the option to send large video files, host massive group chats with up to 100 participants and run RCS chats via Wi-Fi connections.
A reliable source has announced that Google is working on a feature that can be found in iMessages and which should become available for RCS Chat users on Android. The source has a OnePlus 7 Pro device that runs the beta version of the Android Messages app. While toying with some of the options, the source observed that it is possible to respond to a chat with an emoji reaction.
It appears that Android users engage in the same RCS Chat will have the option to long-press on the last message which was received. A selection of seven emojis will surface. The selected one will appear on the lower right side of the message.
While the beta update for the Messages app has been released recently, it appears that the reaction is only available on a selection of devices, a trait that may imply server-side requirements. It is likely that the feature will be released on a large scale in the future.
Willie Hahn, senior editor at The Trending Times, writes about the intersection between money and politics with a focus on lobbying and tech articles. Willie previously at the Android Authority and Vice. Willie can be reached by email.