Adoption of RCS, the successor to the SMS/MMS standard, has remained relatively slow among carriers and devices. Google has spearheaded the effort by building its own 'Jibe' RCS hub and integrating it into its Android Messages SMS app, making it easier for carriers to support it. Samsung opted to build its own RCS hub, but Huawei has decided to get behind Google's technology.

Huawei announced today that it is collaborating with Google to offer Jibe to carrier partners, as part of an integrated solution with the company's IMS service. In other words, Huawei will help Google push adoption of RCS.

In addition, the company will switch to Android Messages as the default SMS/RCS app on its devices "in the coming months." Hopefully we'll see more carriers adopt RCS in the coming months - particularly ones in the United States.

Press Release

[Jan 2018] HUAWEI is making it even easier for hundreds of millions of users to express themselves via mobile messaging by integrating Google’s Android Messages across HUAWEI’s Android smartphone portfolio.

With Android Messages and RCS messaging, HUAWEI devices will offer a rich native messaging and communications experience. Features such as texting over WiFi, rich media sharing, group chats, and typing indicators will now be a default part of the device. Messages from businesses will also be upgraded on HUAWEI’s devices through RCS business messaging from Google. In addition, HUAWEI users will be able to make video calls directly from Android Messages through carrier ViLTE and Google Duo.

To help carriers accelerate deployment of RCS messaging across their networks, HUAWEI is collaborating with Google to offer the Jibe RCS cloud and hub solution to current and prospective carrier partners, as part of an integrated solution with HUAWEI's IMS. This will enable faster time-to-market for RCS services so more subscribers can get access to RCS messaging.

"HUAWEI and Google together by forming this strategic partnership will provide consumers with the best global user experience on HUAWEI products with RCS and will enable carriers the ability to offer unique services through business messaging." said Richard Yu, CEO of HUAWEI's Consumer Business Group.

“We are pleased to be working with HUAWEI to bring a better native messaging experience to hundreds of millions of people worldwide, through RCS and Android Messages,” said Hiroshi Lockheimer, SVP Platforms & Ecosystems, Google. “HUAWEI is a global leader in carrier network technology and collaborating on the Jibe RCS cloud and hub will accelerate the roll-out of RCS on carrier networks worldwide.”

HUAWEI will begin integrating Android Messages across their portfolio in the coming months.

About Google

Google's mission is to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful. Through products and platforms like Search, Maps, Gmail, Android, Google Play, Chrome and YouTube, Google plays a meaningful role in the daily lives of billions of people and has become one of the most widely-known companies in the world. Google is a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc.

About HUAWEI

HUAWEI's products and services are available in more than 170 countries, and are used by a third of the world's population, ranking third in the world in mobile phone shipments in 2017. Fifteen R&D centers have been set up in the United States, Germany, Sweden, Russia, India and China. HUAWEI Consumer BG is one of HUAWEI’s three business units and covers smartphones, PC and tablets, wearables and cloud services, etc. HUAWEI’s global network is built on almost 30 years of expertise in the telecom industry and is dedicated to delivering the latest technological advances to consumers around the world.