Google has added Rich Communication Services (RCS) to Android Messages. RCS is the Next-Gen Messaging technology that improves your messaging by offering a native, richer and universal experience across networks and android devices.
On selected Android devices, Next-Gen Messaging gives you chat messaging features in select conversations, including:
- Group chats
- Read & delivered receipts
- High-resolution photo and video sharing
- Audio messaging
- Send location
What you need
Next-Gen Messaging is available on:
- Google Pixel 2
- Google Pixel 2 XL
- A TELUS wireless monthly plan with data, or an active Wi-Fi connection
- Android 5.1 Lollipop or higher
- Android Messages 3.4 or higher
- TELUS Consumer or Business/Corporate accounts
How to turn it on
- Open Android Messages
- Select Settings
- Select Chat features
- Toggle Enable chat features On or Off
Note: When Next-Gen Messaging is provisioned for the first time on a compatible device, you will be prompted to enable the chat features.
Using Next-Gen Messaging
When chat features are turned on, it will automatically be used if you are messaging another device with chat features enabled.
Next-Gen Messaging sends messages over Wi-Fi or cellular data when Wi-Fi is unavailable, rather than through traditional SMS. This means, if you do not have a data plan and are not connected to Wi-Fi, your messages will be sent as SMS, or you may incur pay-per-use data charges when using Next-Gen Messaging.
If you only want to use Next-Gen Messaging in a Wi-Fi connected area, please ensure you turn chat features off when leaving a Wi-Fi connected area to avoid unexpected data charges.