Google is expanding testing of the WhatsApp-like feature for its Messages platform

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Android users, you can’t complain about how messaging on the platform lags if you use any of the messaging apps offered by your carrier. If you want features like end-to-end encryption, read receipts, type indicators, and no character limit (vs. 160 limit with SMS), Android users will need to use the Google Messages app which can be downloaded from the Google Play Store.
It’s a lot like Apple’s Messages app, right? And here’s the thing. When Android users use RCS Chat to message other RCS Chat users, guess what color their text bubbles are? Did you say blue? And what do you think happens in a group chat when an iOS user joins the convo? All these functions disappear. Sounds familiar?
Last October, Google began beta testing a feature already used by some of the better third-party messaging apps. Replacement of delivery indicators such as Sent, Delivered and Read (which are all self-explanatory), Google turned to the tried and tested checkmark system. A single check mark in a circle indicates that a message has been sent. Two check marks in a circle next to each other show that a message has been delivered. And if those two side-by-side checkmarks in circular icons appear filled, it means the message has been read.

android police notes that Google has expanded the beta test to more Android devices and this writer discovered the ticks on a Pixel 6 Pro running Android 13 QPR2 Beta 2.1. To see if this feature is available for your phone, just start a chat with one of your friends who use Android (make sure they use the Google Messages app) and check how the read receipts are handled on your device. The use of a checkmark system as a delivery indicator can be seen in third-party messaging apps such as WhatsApp, Messenger, and Signal.
Google, as you may know, asked Apple to support RCS in the hope that both Android and iOS users can live in peace and harmony. As expected, Apple has not agreed to Google’s request.

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