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Verizon to default to RCS-enhanced Google Messages app on all Android phones


Google's homegrown Android messaging app just got another shot in the arm, courtesy of Verizon. On Tuesday, the wireless carrier announced it would set up the Messages by Google app as the default messaging software on all Android phones beginning in 2022. Verizon's move means that all three of the major U.S. carriers will default to Google's messaging app, virtually ensuring its adoption by a much wider audience of Android users.

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The shift also means greater support for the Rich Communications Service, a standard used by Google's messaging app. Designed as a replacement for the more limited Short Messaging Service protocol, RCS is built for a more modern era.

Among some of the perks of RCS, you can send and receive high-resolution photos and videos, text via Wi-Fi or cellular, see when a message was read and ...


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