500 million users use RCS, the new protocol that wants to replace SMS

RCS is gaining momentum and Google is pushing for its adoption by Apple. The protocol is actively supported by Google, which now offers it by default in its Google Messages software.

500 million users use RCS, the new protocol that wants to replace SMS
500 million users use RCS, the new protocol that wants to replace SMS

It was at its Google I/O 2022 conference that Google announced that the RCS protocol has exceeded the mark of 500 million active daily users.

The RCS is intended as the successor to the SMS. It allows instant exchanges, sending photos or videos but also the creation of group conversations. It is natively supported by Google Messages messaging, which today equips most Android smartphones, all brands combined, but also by many manufacturers and operators around the world.

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Google also could not help but, through the voice of one of its vice-presidents, send a tackle, without naming him, to Apple, which for the moment stubbornly refuses to integrate the RCS into its iMessage application. "We hope that every mobile operating system will receive the message and update to RCS. So your messages will be private, no matter what device you use".

Apple is officially reluctant to adopt RCS for security and message encryption issues, but Google assures that the protocol can guarantee the confidentiality of conversations. In the meantime, we will have to continue with the good old SMS to reach our friends on iPhone.