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Tech & Science Google can’t even get full RCS support for the Pixel 4

13:50  19 october  2019
13:50  19 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Verizon even supported RCS on the Pixel 3, but not here. So with the Pixel 4 about to launch, Google finds its flagship phone missing a feature on many networks that was supposed to be widely deployed by now — and that was even present for some users of its last device.

Nomad case for Pixel 3. So far, Verizon and T -Mobile have been some of the bigger proponents of RCS in the United States, but even their rollouts Confirmed on Twitter this week, Verizon mentions that the Pixel 4 won’ t support RCS on the carrier at launch. That’s a bit strange considering the Pixel

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Google’s Pixel 4 won’t launch with support for RCS messaging on some of the biggest US networks. Verizon and T-Mobile both said on Twitter that the phone was not supported, as spotted by 9to5Google, and AT&T has yet to say whether it’ll be supported. Only Sprint has said, in an email to The Verge, that it will support RCS, which adds features like read receipts, typing indicators, and higher-quality attachments to the standard Android Messages app.

The rollout of RCS messaging has been a complete mess. The standard, which is supposed to replace the basic SMS and MMS messaging that’s been around for as long as we’ve used smartphones, has been slated to roll out for years now. Its biggest push came in 2018, when Google settled on RCS as the solution for upgrading messaging on Android. But more than a year later, there’s been very little movement. Google said it would start forcing the change on its carrier partners earlier this year, but that hasn’t happened in the US.

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Google has been pushing its SMS-alternative Rich Communication Services ( RCS ) for years. Roku’s 4 K Streaming Stick+ will get a permanent price drop on Sunday. In a tweet yesterday, Verizon confirmed that the Pixel 4 will not support RCS when it launches, but the company did not say why.

Verizon even supported RCS on the Pixel 3, but not here

So with the Pixel 4 about to launch, Google finds its flagship phone missing a feature on many networks that was supposed to be widely deployed by now — and that was even present for some users of its last device.

On Verizon, RCS support was added to the Pixel 3 a couple months after launch. Verizon didn’t support RCS until December of last year, and the Pixel 3 was its inaugural device. The Galaxy S9 later got support, too, but it’s not clear that other phones have been added since.

The Pixel 3 didn’t support RCS on other networks, but that was understandable: the first three Pixel phones were a Verizon exclusive. Now that the Pixel 4 is available across all the major US carriers, though, it should be expected that RCS support — something Google has been emphasizing — would be available on its flagship smartphone. Support could be added later if the carriers choose to, but so far, Sprint is the only major name in the US that’s committed to it.

We’ve reached out to AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, and Google for more information.

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