Google commemorates a significant milestone as it reaches one billion users on its RCS Messaging platform, introducing an array of novel features. Among these, Photomoji and Voice Moods bring the platform closer to the renowned iMessages available on iOS devices.
Celebrating a remarkable achievement of one billion users on its RCS Messaging platform, Google has made significant strides. Rich Communication Services (RCS) functions as a vital communication protocol linking mobile carriers and devices, aiming to elevate the traditional SMS/MMS messaging experience, particularly on Android phones.
Comparable to the functionalities offered by Apple’s iMessages, RCS Messaging continues to expand its capabilities steadily. In light of achieving this substantial milestone, Google has unveiled a set of exciting features, drawing closer to the user experience provided by iMessages.
New features introduced include a Google Profile, accessible via a Google account, showcasing a user’s name and photo. The standout feature, Photomoji, empowers users to craft personalized avatars using photos, allowing for expressive reactions to messages, akin to using traditional emojis.
Let’s delve into the array of new features introduced by Google for its RCS messaging:
Photomoji, a feature that allows users to transform their favorite photos into personalized reactions using on-device Google AI. These unique reactions, stored for reuse in a dedicated tab, can be employed by friends in group chats.
Voice Moods offer nine different moods to add emotions to voice messages, accompanied by corresponding visual effects for recipients. The audio quality of voice messages has been enhanced through increased bitrate and sampling rate.
Screen Effects consist of various animations triggered by specific messages, adding visual dynamics to conversations with effects like falling snowflakes or floating hearts.
Custom Bubbles enable users to customize chat bubbles by choosing different colors for individual conversations.
Reaction Effects animate emojis when used as reactions to messages, infusing liveliness into conversations.
Animated Emoji adds a visual spark to messages by animating emojis such as hearts, making interactions more dynamic.
Profiles feature allows personalization of profile names and pictures displayed to others, simplifying identification in group chats.
Simultaneously, Apple’s plan to integrate RCS messaging support for iPhones in late 2024 signals a significant stride in enabling cross-platform functionalities between Apple and Android devices, beyond conventional text messages.