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

It was during its Google I/O 2022 conference that the search engine announced that the RCS protocol has passed the 500 million daily active users mark.

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

Google also couldn’t help but, through the voice of one of its vice-presidents, send a tackle, without naming it, to Apple, which for the moment stubbornly refuses to integrate the RCS into its application. iMessage. “We assume that each mobile operating system receives the message and updates itself to RCS. So your messages will be private, no matter what device you use.“.

Apple is definitely reluctant to adopt RCS for security and message encryption issues, but Google nevertheless ensures that the protocol can guarantee the confidentiality of conversations. In the meantime, you will have to continue with the good old SMS to join your friends on the iPhone.

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