1. ironass's Avatar
    Google are taking RCS, (Rich Communication Suite), 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
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    08-02-2019 08:41 AM
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    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.
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    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
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