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Verizon launches Universal Profile RCS for Pixel 3 on December 6th

Last month, Verizon planned to launch Universal Profile RCS early next year. The Google-Backed Message Standard is now set to…

Last month, Verizon planned to launch Universal Profile RCS early next year. The Google-Backed Message Standard is now set to officially roll out on December 6 for Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL.

Earlier today Verizon employees noted the Reddit launch, with the carrier officially confirmed it in a statement to several publications this afternoon. While Verizon already supports advanced features like read quote and type indicators in its first party Messages + app, Universal Profile ensures operator interoperability.

Verizon refers to Google as “Chat” and “enhanced messaging”. The internal document posted by employees provides a full list of features and names the Google Messages app as a place to access the new functionality:

  • Send larger text messages. Create larger messages up to 8000 characters long. With Android Messages Chat, you are no longer limited to 1

    60 characters.

  • Writing indicators. See when your contact is writing a call.
  • Read receipt. See when your message has been read.
  • Big chat groups. Create group chats with up to 100 participants who also have chat features enabled.
  • High quality media sharing. Share high quality images and video clips.
  • Chat over WiFi. You can send messages via WiFi, even if you do not have a mobile connection.
  • Large transfer files. Send larger attachments than ever before.

This functionality only works for users who have chat enabled on their devices, which is especially the case in group calls. Otherwise, the other party will receive messages as SMS / MMS. Other spy features already available in Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL Messages include “local sharing, mobile payment, send audio recording, send stickers and more.”

While limited to the two made by Google phones, this is a good sign that the SMS / MMS remuneration finally happens to a significant extent and comes to US users


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