Per Lockheimer, the change means ATampT customers will get the latest RCS features instantly. It should also resolve any lingering interoperability issues between ATampT phones and devices on different networks.
Today I’m excited to share that we’re working with ATampT to accelerate adoption of the RCS standard, and that ATampT’s default Android messaging will now be via the Jibe platform, so their users will get the latest RCS features instantly.
Hiroshi Lockheimer (lockheimer) June 9, 2023
ATampT, Verizon and TMobile have been committed to RCS since forming the Cross Carrier Messaging Initiative in 2019, but it was only after announcing the end of that partnership in 2021, and Google becoming more directly involved with pushing the platform, that RCS began finding a foothold in the US.
Over the weekend, Hiroshi Lockheimer, Googles senior vice president of Android, tweeted (via Android Police) that ATampT is migrating its RCS backend to Googles own Jibe platform.
A year later, Verizon did the same.
At I/O 2023, Google announced that there are more than 800 million people using RCS globally, with that number expected to increase to 1 billion by the end of the year.