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RCS Messaging to 911 Coming to Android

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Jun 6, 2024, 11:55 AM   by Rich Brome

Google is working on the ability to communicate with 911 dispatchers via RCS in its Google Messages app. RCS (Rich Communication Services) is the industry standard for rich messaging (similar to iMessage, but open). Texting 911 via SMS/MMS is already an option in some areas. RCS bring additional capabilities, such as sharing high-resolution photos and videos, delivery confirmation, and typing notifications. It also enables Android Emergency Location Service, which can automatically send info like precise location, language settings, and opt-in medical info. Google is working with RapidSOS to enable this feature for specific emergency call centers starting this winter, starting with areas that don't even support texting to 911 yet.


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