Google promised to bring RCS to more regions in 2020 after a limited release in 2019.

What you need to know

  • RCS is a set of standards that makes SMS a contender in an age of instant messaging.
  • Google rolled out its implementation of the standard in 2019 to the U.S., UK, Mexico, and France.
  • Now reports indicate it’s testing it out in Italy and Singapore as well.

Google’s RCS service is reaching more people after an initial rollout last year. Reports of the RCS set-up screen popping up have emerged from Italy and Singapore. Italian siteTuttoAndroid (via Android Police) noted that some Italian users have gotten Google’s Chat prompt upon launching the Messages app. At the same time, some Singaporean Messages users have shared screenshots of the same prompt on social media. Google itself has yet to share anything indicating a roll-out, but the growing presence of the prompt means…

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