Google is making some changes to the Android messaging app and introducing features like texting via Wi-Fi or mobile data in addition to the traditional cellphone signal. It is also adding typing notifications, delivery and read receipts. All of these features will be made available thanks to the “Rich Communication Services (RCS)” technology used for the new update.
Group messaging will also be affected by the new update, and people will be able to name different groups, add and remove people from groups as well as an option to see if people have read their messages.
iPhone users have had these features for quite a long time now and we wonder why Android took so long to offer them to its users. Up until now, Android has been using technology for messaging that is about 35 years old.
Sending photos and videos through the Android messaging app has also been a very poor experience for users and the new update is expected to make it more convenient.
If you don’t have the messages app by Android, you can install it easily from the Android Play Store. Google Pixel phones come with the updated messaging app and users won’t face the need to update it.