June 20, 2021
Google Messages Prepping Possible FallBack Texts for RCS Reactions

Google is Working on Adding “Fallback” Text as an Alternative to Non-RCS Devices for Google Messages

Google is apparently working on bringing so-called “fallback” texts to Google Messages in order to accommodate RCS reactions that aren’t supported…

A recent APK teardown reveals that Google is developing a way to adopt what’s known as “fallback” text for Google Messages (or Android Messages). Basically, it’s a way to deal with RCS reactions in conversations where not all participants have devices which support RCS. 

Google Messages Prepping Possible ‘FallBack’ Texts for RCS Reactions

Google is one of the biggest proponents of RCS or Rich Communication Services. (RCS is a set of communication standards for SMS, MMS and calling that make text messages look and feel more like dedicated messaging apps like WhatsApp, Telegram, Facebook Messenger, Google Hangouts, and others.)

In fact, Google is so serious about implementing RCS, the company previously announced it would take the lead away from carriers. It started doing so with Android or Google Messages back in November of last year.

However, not everyone has a device and/or app, that supports RCS. So, Google is working on adding “fallback” technology that translates animations into readable text. Here’s an example:

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Credit: 9to5Google

It it’s added to Google Messages, this will give the app just that much more flexibility to support conversations in different ways.

William Boleys

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