Google is pushing for RCS adoption with the latest News update

Google is updating its Messages app, adding new organizing features and media support as part of a new effort to push the RCS protocol through.

RCS (Rich Communication Service) is a communication standard which aims to replace the old SMS (Short Message Service) protocol. A more modern standard allows for “richer text functions”, higher content quality and end-to-end encryption for better security, according to Google (opens in a new tab). And that’s pretty much what users will get in this update, although the app’s security won’t see any improvements.

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