Next year, RCS (rich communication services) will finally replace SMS (short message service) on all phones in the US—as long as they run Android.
Verizon will switch to the RCS messaging platform next year, joining T-Mobile and AT&T. All three carriers will use Android Messages, which supports RCS, as their default chat app. However, Apple already has an SMS alternative—iMessage. So, what exactly is RCS, why is it better than SMS, and will Apple ever adopt it?
“RCS will be a suitable modern chat system, provided that all carriers and handsets support it. Without 80%-plus market penetration, I can’t see it taking off,” Matthew Larner, managing director at business-communications platform ClickSend, told Lifewire via email.