Google has already started the Rich Communication Service (RCS) roll out for a few chosen Google Messenger users. This update comes with all RCS features to the messaging application which was launched in 2014.
To notify the Google Messenger users that the RCS is enabled for them, Google is displaying pop-up messages which let you turn the ‘enhanced messaging features’ on. To activate these features, you should turn off battery optimizations for the Google Messengers so that it can stay connect to the internet in the background.
Doing that brings you 3 options to toggle in the settings. These options include:
- Show typing indicators
- Send read receipts
- Enable enhanced features
The first and second options are straightforward and self-explanatory, but the third one is somehow terribly named. Fortunately, it is not hard to comprehend what it does by reading the short description.
These changes are said to have been spotted on a Nexus 6P, two Pixel XLs, and one Pixel XL running on Project Fi. The XLs and the Nexus 6P are on Sprint. The Rich Communication Services require the carriers to activate it on their end. In the US, Sprint, MetroPCS, T-Mobile, and AT&T have already done that. For now, the Verizon subscribers are out luck in this area.