Verizon has confirmed to The Verge that it will launch RCS Chat on the Pixel 3 and 3 XL on December 6th. Only those two phones on Verizon will have the feature, but the company tells me that it is "committed to bringing advanced messaging to other Verizon smartphones in the future." In other words, the rollout for Chat on Verizon will probably be a little slow , but it's still earlier than we were expecting. A few weeks ago, A Verizon executive indicated that support for Chat would come in "early 2019."
RCS is the text messaging standard set to replace SMS for Android phones ̵
RCS is ook Google's centrale strategie voor het bieden van een betere messaging naar Android-gebruikers, in effect vervangen Hangouts, its predecessors, and Allo. Alle de tekstmeldingsapplikationer (og de som kom før dem) havde lovende start, men mislyktes for mange for at komme til her – men du kan lese alt om historien hvis du liker. Bottom line, Google is not trying to compete directly with the likes of iMessage, WhatsApp, and Facebook Messenger with its own app anymore. Instead, there's Chat.
Verizon's implementation of RCS Chat will be compatible with other carriers when they start to roll it out as it is based on the "Universal Profile." Unfortunately, that support is starting to feel a bit slow in coming. Google's own cell phone service – Google Fi – does not support it yet. Other carriers have implemented their own proprietary versions of RCS and have promised to update to the Universal Profile.
Here's Verizon's statement:
Verizon and Google will be rolling out enhanced messaging (RCS) in the Messages app on Google Pixel 3 and Google Pixel 3 XL starting this Thursday, December 6th. Deze messagingdienst brengt, bijvoorbeeld, typing indicators, zeer grote groepchats en de mogelijkheid om grote bestanden over te dragen tussen de eigenaren van deze smartphones.
News of RCS coming to the Pixel 3 first showed up on Reddit, with what appears to be a training document for Verizon reps that states "Chat features only work if all members of a group chat have Chat features enabled. If any members are not enabled, the default SMS / MMS service is the default. "Fortunately, it appears that Chat will work in the default Android Messages app, so you will not have to use Verizon's custom Messages + texting app.
Bottom line: the Pixel 3 will support RCS soon, but whether or not you'll actually be able to take advantage of the new features will depend on who you're texting. Most important in the US, there have only been the vaguest of rumors that Apple is even considering supporting RCS on the iPhone.