Google RCS

Google is putting all of its cards in messaging on RCS, but carriers are being very slow to roll it out. This past week, though, some dual-SIM Android users noticed RCS going live on their devices in North America.

As XDA-Developers explains, some dual-SIM Android smartphones are seeing RCS messaging go live through Google’s Messages app. This isn’t a wider carrier rollout, but it means that devices with dual-SIM connectivity should be able to use the functionality as long as the user’s carrier supports the Universal Profile.

Still, it’s nice to see this functionality getting a wider reach. XDA tested out the functionality on Sony Xperia XZ1, and one commenter mentioned that the functionality showed up on their Nokia 6 last week. Both of those devices were on Freedom Mobile.

So far, RCS is still quite limited in availability. We’ve seen the likes of Google Fi, some US carriers, and Verizon’s Pixel 3 users get the functionality. That’s a far cry from wide adoption, but adding the ability for dual-SIM devices to connect is certainly a step in the right direction.

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