1. ironass's Avatar
    Want RCS messaging now? See post #9 for instructions and, "How to", video

    Google are taking RCS, (Rich Communication Services), out of the hands of the carriers, some of whom were insisting on their own limited, ersatz, versions of RCS, (no names mentioned... (T-Mobile/AT&T/Verizon/Bell/SK Telecom)), and are rolling it out themselves on their own, worldwide, Universal Profile...

    GOOGLE IS FINALLY TAKING CHARGE OF THE RCS ROLLOUT

    See, also...

    Google will let Android users in the UK and France use RCS regardless of carrier support
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    06-18-2019 06:27 AM
  2. jchapman01's Avatar
    Thanks for the heads up! And thus, my final roadblock to converting to the global version of the OP6T has been removed....






    Aside from laziness. That's always a roadblock!
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    06-18-2019 09:36 AM
  3. ironass's Avatar
    Google's new Universal RCS, Chat, in Google Messages on the OnePlus 6T on the U.K. network, EE, (also have it on a Huawei P10 and a Galaxy S5 on O2 & Vodafone)...



    Google are gradually rolling this out worldwide and anticipate completing in 2020, sometime.

    Google takes RCS rollout into its own hands after carriers totally botch it
    07-26-2019 04:50 AM
  4. ironass's Avatar
    RCS in Google Messages is now fully rolled out in the U.K. and France says Hiroshi Lockheimer, a senior vice president at Google...

    "the company has completed its rollout of RCS to the UK and France after starting a few weeks prior. Almost exactly a month ago, RCS started working on Pixel devices through the Google Messaging app in those countries, and recently it’s started to expand to other Android smartphones."

    "Notably, Locheimer’s tweet was in reply to an article criticizing US carriers for their lack of effort when it comes to rolling out universally compatible RCS messaging for Android users. Lockheimer chimed in that Google would still “love” to work with US carriers on that initiative and that they are “trying” to do so. Still, he mentions that Google’s own RCS rollout will continue with more countries “soon,” although there’s no indication if the United States is on the list."

    Source
    07-28-2019 07:58 AM
  5. ironass's Avatar
    08-02-2019 08:01 AM
  6. mustang7757's Avatar
    08-02-2019 08:41 AM
  7. ironass's Avatar
    Carrier always getting in the way
    It has always been the same with U.S. carriers over the years. From removing the Gorilla glass on the Galaxy S4 phones to make a few extra bucks to insisting on their own ersatz carrier branded firmwares with stock features removed to cram in their own bloatware to generate income and control their customers and worst of all... offering pathetic, miserable updates on their firmware and blaming it on the phone manufacturers.

    I am afraid that U.S. carrier branded phones are, I am sorry to say, a joke, worldwide.

    Thankfully, now that phone manufacturers are able to release unbranded phones in the U.S. market, things are starting to change. as those users who had the T-Mobile (USA) carrier minority variant have found out after converting to the global firmware, the difference is between chalk and cheese on updates and features.

    I believe what Google are doing after failing to persuade U.S. carriers to adopt the worldwide Universal Profile for RCS, is to force their hand by rolling it out to the other 194 countries worldwide, (population circa 7 billion), and see if the U.S. carriers buckle when 328 million users cannot use it on their networks. We shall see.
    08-02-2019 09:18 AM
  8. mustang7757's Avatar
    It has always been the same with U.S. carriers over the years. From removing the Gorilla glass on the Galaxy S4 phones to make a few extra bucks to insisting on their own ersatz carrier branded firmwares with stock features removed to cram in their own bloatware to generate income and control their customers and worst of all... offering pathetic, miserable updates on their firmware and blaming it on the phone manufacturers.

    I am afraid that U.S. carrier branded phones are, I am sorry to say, a joke, worldwide.

    Thankfully, now that phone manufacturers are able to release unbranded phones in the U.S. market, things are starting to change. as those users who had the T-Mobile (USA) carrier minority variant have found out after converting to the global firmware, the difference is between chalk and cheese on updates and features.

    I believe what Google are doing after failing to persuade U.S. carriers to adopt the worldwide Universal Profile for RCS, is to force their hand by rolling it out to the other 194 countries worldwide, (population circa 7 billion), and see if the U.S. carriers buckle when 328 million users cannot use it on their networks. We shall see.
    I agree definitely.
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    08-02-2019 09:45 AM
  9. ironass's Avatar
    Courtesy of the guys here, on Android Central, a method of enabling the Google Messages RCS feature on your phone... now!

    Users like myself, in the U.K. and France, have been using this RCS, (Rich Communication Services), for the last 4 months and Google have been slowly running it out to other countries since then. However, since Google Messages RCS does not rely on your carrier, thankfully, you can enable it yourself.

    Just follow the instructions in the following link...

    Want RCS chat on your phone right now? Here's how to enable it

    Here's a, "How to", video...



    Confirmed to be working in U.S.A., Canada and most countries, worldwide.
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    10-26-2019 11:52 PM
  10. phillymade's Avatar
    Help me understand the importance of RCS, I don't get it?
    10-27-2019 06:49 AM
  11. maxmin's Avatar
    I tried Ironass' recommendations in the link he gave. I didn't work on my OnePlus 6T.
    Issues:
    1) Did the Messages Beta download. The Link said to make sure it's the Messages Beta app. How to do this?? Only way I could see it was a beta is the App Info way at the bottom is says Version 5.2.050 (Pegasus_RC04.phone.openbeta_dynamic) I assume I have the Messages Beta.
    2) My phone didn't have a "carrier services" app in Settings-> Apps. I did include System Apps. ??
    3) In Activity Launcher I downloaded I did have the Set RCS Flags. However when I set the "OTP Pattern to the only selection available and hit Apply it wouldn't save the OTP Pattern. The Set RCS Flags did store the selection for ACS URL.

    So did not work for me.
    10-27-2019 07:46 AM
  12. Scienceguy Labs's Avatar
    Yep. I tried it too. It didn't seem to work for me either.
    10-27-2019 08:10 AM
  13. tlc264's Avatar
    I tried Ironass' recommendations in the link he gave. I didn't work on my OnePlus 6T.
    Issues:
    1) Did the Messages Beta download. The Link said to make sure it's the Messages Beta app. How to do this?? Only way I could see it was a beta is the App Info way at the bottom is says Version 5.2.050 (Pegasus_RC04.phone.openbeta_dynamic) I assume I have the Messages Beta.
    2) My phone didn't have a "carrier services" app in Settings-> Apps. I did include System Apps. ??
    3) In Activity Launcher I downloaded I did have the Set RCS Flags. However when I set the "OTP Pattern to the only selection available and hit Apply it wouldn't save the OTP Pattern. The Set RCS Flags did store the selection for ACS URL.

    So did not work for me.
    You have to join the messages beta program and then you will get a notice to update messages. Carrier services should be in the apps without system apps checked. Not sure why this is not on yours. When I set my phones up I did each flag individually not at the same time. This is what got mine to work.
    10-27-2019 08:17 AM
  14. mustang7757's Avatar
    Yep. I tried it too. It didn't seem to work for me either.
    Fill out OTP pattern also that's how I got mine going
    10-27-2019 08:26 AM
  15. TgeekB's Avatar
    Worked on my Nokia 7.1 but no one else I know has it, so....
    10-27-2019 09:09 AM
  16. mustang7757's Avatar
    Worked on my Nokia 7.1 but no one else I know has it, so....
    Lol...that's the other thing but you have better message platform now .
    10-27-2019 09:11 AM
  17. TgeekB's Avatar
    Lol...that's the other thing but you have better message platform now .
    I guess.
    10-27-2019 09:11 AM
  18. mustang7757's Avatar
    I guess.
    Once it mainstream you'll enjoy it more
    10-27-2019 09:12 AM
  19. TgeekB's Avatar
    Once it mainstream you'll enjoy it more
    True.
    Do you think they could, if they do charge for it, disable our ability to set it up this way?
    10-27-2019 09:36 AM
  20. mustang7757's Avatar
    True.
    Do you think they could, if they do charge for it, disable our ability to set it up this way?
    I doubt they will charge for it
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    10-27-2019 09:45 AM
  21. ironass's Avatar
    Help me understand the importance of RCS, I don't get it?
    What is RCS messaging, and why is it important to Android?
    10-28-2019 07:56 AM
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