We knew that Sprint was going to be adopting RCS for their SMS messaging service, and now it's currently working. A Redditor has shown off a few screenshots that show multiple RCS features working directly from Google Messenger.
An update to Google Messenger was recently pushed out to devices via the Play Store. It came with a number of features automatically, but some are seeing RCS features labeled as 'enhanced features'. However, it seems to be a server-side update so not everyone sees them.
A user has commented...
A new update to Google Messenger has started to roll out that includes the following changes. . .
- New icon.
- New notification bar icon.
- New share screen for new messages.
- New setup screen.
- Actual messaging conversation thread has minimized padding and is much more compact.
Android 7.1 comes with a feature called image keyboard support that extends the type of content that can be sent from keyboards. It looks like Google has already added this functionality to Google Keyboard and it is currently working in their Messenger application.
For some reason, the Google Messenger app excluded Android Wear functionality in Android Nougat developer previews. Thankfully it seems Google is about to fix this as version 1.9 has leaked and it restores functionality. There are no other known changes.
The Gear S2 is a unique smartwatch that has both positives and negatives when using it. If you use a non-stock SMS application with the Gear S2, then you can't read message threads.
However, a user on Reddit has discovered that if you use Google Messenger, then you can in fact read message...
There aren't any visual changes to Google Messenger with this update, but it does bring an Android Wear companion app.
The thing is, we can't use it until Android Wear gets updated to Marshmallow(which seems likely to be soon).