Telia Company’s customers in Sweden using Android smartphones now have access to Google’s messaging service RCS enabling features such as texting over wifi and high-res photo and video sharing, under the name of SMS +.
Google has already launched RCS messaging with carriers in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia.
With RCS messaging, Telia Company subscribers will have access to advanced features as a standard part of their Android devices. Texting over wifi, typing indicators, high-res photo and video sharing, read receipts, and more will now be included in the carrier messaging experience through Android Messages.
The service will be powered by the Jibe RCS Cloud from Google, and will be fully interoperable between networks through the Jibe RCS Hub, including Telenor, Orange, Deutsche Telekom and Vodafone. This RCS messaging implementation supports the GSMA universal profile—a standard supported by more than 60 carriers and manufacturers.
RCS will be launched stepwise by Telia Company to its customers across the company’s Nordic/Baltic/Eurasian footprint.
In markets where RCS is available, Telia subscribers who already have the Android Messages app on their phone will automatically get access to RCS services through an app update. All new Android devices from Telia will come with Android Messages preloaded as the default SMS and RCS messaging app.