Those RCS chat ‘hacks’ for Google Messages will stop working by the end of the month
Before Google saved us all from the tyranny of the carriers, some enterprising people labored out a type of “hack” that enabled Google’s RCS/chat companies, letting us all ship messages with the futuristic protocol, even when we weren’t in a single of the few supported markets. When it did lastly begin rolling out in the US, Google mentioned that these utilizing the hack would finally be migrated after the preliminary rollout was full. Now Google has introduced that it’s disabling that “hack” workaround by the end of the month.
For these of us right here in the ‘states, (or the UK, France, and Mexico), this does not actually matter. Google formally rolled out RCS/chat assist by way of Messages, so we’re all first-class residents in the future of digital messaging. But this alteration will go away those who used the hack in unsupported markets out of luck.
Google’s announcement, made to the Messages Help discussion board, is slightly below:
Last 12 months we rolled out the means for customers to allow chat options in a quantity of areas, together with the U.S., the UK, France, and Mexico.
As we put together to deliver chat options to extra areas, customers who’ve gotten chat options by unsupported workarounds the place chat options aren’t out there but will see them disabled by the end of February. For these customers, chat options will be disabled for all variations of the app, together with older variations.
We proceed to work on bringing chat options to extra areas round the world as quickly as doable. Click right here for extra sources on chat options supplied by Google, together with data on the place they’re supported.
Googler Sanaz Ahari Lemelson beforehand said that everybody who used the “hack” can be migrated to the official answer following the rollout. We’ve reached out to Google to verify that transition has taken place for these in supported markets.
For any RCS/chat questions you may need in the meantime, we have put collectively somewhat explainer on the topic right here. But very quickly, all these particulars will apply to a smaller group. Hopefully, Google can roll the function out to the total world sometime, as historical past has confirmed we will not belief the carriers to implement it appropriately themselves.