Waiting for Google’s RCS chat initiative to continue its rollout in more nations, Google verified this weekend that the messaging option was completely rolled out to both UK and France Android users.
Hiroshi Lockheimer, Google’s senior vice president, revealed today on Twitter that after beginning a few weeks earlier, the firm finished its rollout of RCS to the UK and France. RCS began working on Pixel phones in those nations almost precisely a month ago through the Google Messaging app, and lately it has begun to expand to other Android smartphones.
Our own Damien Wilde called it a “solid start” in his hands-on with the new messaging option, saying that the experience has a “feeling of cohesion that can’t really be mimicked by a third-party app.”
Notably, the tweet from Locheimer was in response to an article criticizing US carriers for their absence of attempt to roll out universally compatible RCS messaging for Android users. Lockheimer celebrated that Google would still “enjoy” working on that project with U.S. carriers and that they would “try” to do so. Still, he says that Google’s own RCS rollout will proceed “shortly” with more nations, though if the United States is on the list, there is no sign.