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Google is trying to force Apple to abandon SMS in favor of a new format

Google's Android development team created the "Get the Message" website. It calls for Apple to start using the modern Rich Communication Services (RCS) protocol, which many are calling the replacement for SMS.

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What is RCS?

In fact, RCS is a kind of analogue of iMessage in iOS and macOS devices, Mi Message in Xiaomi smartphones, and so on. Only such messages can be sent to any device at all. If they, of course, support this format.

Unlike SMS, there are no restrictions on the volume of messages. You can also attach various files to the message, conduct group chats or even make video calls. And all with end-to-end encryption. In general, a kind of Telegram or WhatsApp, but in the built-in messenger.

It turns out, to put it very bluntly, that RCS is the message format of a multiplatform messenger.

The new standard cannot be called a replacement for SMS, since the Internet is required to send RCS, when “sms” can be sent without it. That is, it is a kind of analogue of iMessage, but it works with all operating systems. If the operator, of course, allows.

Why does Google want to force Apple to switch to this format?
One of the main arguments is the lack of end-to-end encryption, when users using Android and iOS start chatting with each other. And there is no talk of any modern functions at all.

What does Google propose to do?

Tag @Apple with the #GetTheMessage hashtag on all available social networks. Probably, after that the company will come to its senses.

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