Google Messages unlocks dual-SIM RCS texting, complete rollout expected soon

In a groundbreaking move, Google Messages now supports dual-SIM RCS texting, allowing users to seamlessly switch between two SIMs and send RCS messages without any complications. While the feature is currently available on Samsung-specific versions of the app, it is expected to expand to other devices in the near future.

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Some users can send and receive RCS Messages across both SIMs with Google Messages

Historically, Google Messages limited RCS chats to a single number. However, with this recent change, users can now leverage dual-SIM RCS on the app, marking a significant departure from the previous restrictions. Despite the feature’s current exclusivity to Samsung-specific versions, enthusiasts have found ways to enable it on other devices, ensuring a broader reach.

A recent APK exploration of the latest Google Messages beta version (20240102_00_RC01) has unveiled strings of code hinting at multi-SIM RCS support. These include phrases such as “Send and receive RCS chats on SIM” and “SIM RCS Toggle,” emphasizing Google’s commitment to expanding RCS functionality to multiple SIM cards.

<string name=”phone_number_input_title_text_multi_sim”>Send and receive RCS chats on SIM %1$d when you verify your number</string>

<string name=”rcs_status_multi_sim_checkbox_content_description”>SIM %1$s RCS Toggle</string>

<string name=”multi_sim_rcs_not_available_desc_disabled_by_it_admin”>Your IT administrator turned off RCS chats for all SIMs. %1$s</string>

<string name=”disable_rcs_warning_text_global_level_three_or_more_sims”>RCS chats for all numbers will be turned offf</string>

<string name=”disable_rcs_warning_text_global_level_two_sims”>RCS chats for both numbers will be turned off</string>

via @AssembleDebug

Rich Communication Services (RCS) has come a long way since its inception in 2008. Initially, its adoption faced challenges, with exceptions for specific carriers in certain countries. Google Messages played a pivotal role in resolving these issues, making RCS more widely accessible. The recent addition of dual-SIM RCS support further underscores Google’s dedication to enhancing the messaging experience.

As dual-SIM RCS support gains traction, users with dual-SIM phones have reported seeing multiple numbers within the RCS chat settings. Despite the feature’s current limitations and server-side elements yet to be fully activated by Google, some users have already managed to unlock this capability.

The anticipation for an official rollout to a stable channel remains high, promising a seamless and enhanced messaging experience for users across various devices.

(via 9to5Google)

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