Samsung Electronics and Google announced they are collaborating to make their messaging clients, Android Messages and Samsung Messages, work seamlessly with each company’s RCS technology, including cloud and business messaging platforms.
To date, Google and Samsung have collaborated to introduce RCS to select Samsung devices. As part of this expanded collaboration, Samsung will work to bring these RCS features to existing mobile phones, starting with the Galaxy S8 and S8+. New Samsung Galaxy smartphones will also natively support RCS messaging, starting with those on a set of carriers that have or will soon launch RCS.
The expanded partnership also means developers and brands that create RCS Business Messaging services (based on GSMA Universal Profile 2.0) using the Google or Samsung messaging-as-a-platform (MaaP) services will be able to reach both Android Messages and Samsung Messages users.
Samsung says the collaboration will further accelerate the adoption and availability of RCS globally and enable an enhanced messaging experience across the entire Android ecosystem.