iMessage-style SMS reportedly available to Globe, TM users via Android Messages

iMessage-style SMS reportedly available to Globe, TM users via Android Messages

Globe has apparently started a slow rollout of Rich Communication Services, or RCS, the new standard that aims to replace SMS and MMS, for select subscribers.


RCS, for the uninitiated, is an upgraded SMS standard for improved text and multimedia sharing. The nearest RCS comparison would be iMessage, Apple’s proprietary messaging app between iDevices. RCS can facilitate file sharing and it can allow users to read message receipts even in group chats. The newest version of Android Messages has now been found to display the option to enable “Chat Features,” but only for a number of Globe and TM subscribers. You can check and download the latest APK here to test this new feature.

Have you checked or updated your Android Messages app yet? Are you seeing the new enhanced messaging option? Feel free to sound off in the comments section below!

Editor’s Note: We have sought Globe Telecom for a statement regarding this report. We’ll keep you posted.

This article was written by Heland Ortega, Junior Contributor of YugaTech. He is a graduate of Information Technology and Multimedia Arts at FEU Institute of Technology in where he is also now working as a full-time faculty. You can follow him at @helandortega.

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30 Responses

  1. Danny says:

    Can’t wait for this!

  2. Philip John says:

    me and my mom but not the other 4 members of the family! we’ve had it for 4 days already and it’s sweeeet.

  3. Raj says:

    Long awaited but now it’s here, Good news!!!
    Some reason not working for me keep saying “Excuse the wait”

  4. Manny P says:

    Globe is not good in hiding secrets :D

    “Philippines based, Globe Telecom also became one of the first operators to launch RCS in the Asia Pacific region this month.”

  5. Seahaven says:

    I have the latest version now. Sadly my gf ia an iphone user so nobody to test it dito.

  6. K L says:

    iba iba yung messaging app ng phone maker dapat naka vanilla android ano?

  7. CM says:

    how to activate this? using globe prepaid on pixel 2 xl

  8. Chie says:

    Hindi gumagana sakingnyung chat feature. Ano kaya prob?

  9. Mike says:

    Works on the Note 8, but for some reason, it won’t work on my Pixel 2 XL.

  10. Danny says:

    Yuga, any updates about the roll out? I still don’t have it. Tried contacting Globe support but man their agents are clueless.

    • Emmanuel Rotea Tecson says:

      I had it for a few weeks.. then the functionality just disappeared all of a sudden. I’m back to “excuse the wait”

  11. Danny says:

    Still no news? :(

  12. Raj says:

    I doesn’t work on Latest version of Messages on My Pixel, After Downgrading to 2.5.212, I was able to Use it.
    It’s cool actually.

  13. Youji says:

    okay naman sya sakin yun nga lang wala naman akong kapalitan ng message, wala akong kakilala na na activate yung chat feature ng android messages hehehe

  14. ANDREW P. says:

    Any news if activated na or when it will be activated on Smart?

  15. Joshua says:

    anyone here tried it with a oneplus 5t? im a globe postpaid subscriber

    • Josh sanchez says:

      Ive tried it says OnePlus 5t ko pero di nagana. It just says that they’ll notify when the step is done

  16. CM says:

    if you are having trouble to use rcs or stuck at “excuse the wait” this is how you solve it this is based on my experience 1. uninstall/disable android messages 2. uninstall/disable carrier services (if you have it) 3. turn off your phone 4. remove sim card 5. turn on your phone 6. wait for your phone to turn on then put your sim back 7. install/enable android messages 8. open android messages then if it ask you to turn enhanced messaging/chat features below click not now 9. go to settings then go to chat features then enable it (must be on wifi or data) 10. if it go through then congrats you enabled rcs but if it is stuck again at “excuse the wait” then exit the app 11. install/enable carrier services 12. go back to android messages try to enable chat features again if it go through then congrats if not wait for 1 day to activate


    • John gerico dela paz says:

      There is no uninstall/disable android messages in my Huawei P20. How can I move?

    • Mon says:

      It worked sa android one ko, nag disable lang ako ng carrier services and ni try ko ulit in-on ang chat features tapos gumana na siya.

  17. cancer an jacky says:

    Hi po bakit Hindi po ako naka received ng text ng 8080

  18. SILVRASH says:

    Napagana ko sa 5t at Nova 3i ng gf ko

  19. Mannil Barlizo says:

    Napagana ko sa 5t ko and Nova 3i ni gf

  20. Gilbert says:

    hi boss, any updates to this? it’s really useful not having so many different apps. ito nalang gamit. it worked first time i plugged in my sim but now not anymore. :(

    • Emmanuel Rotea Tecson says:

      ako din i had it for a few weeks then nawala lang sha by itself. im back to excuse the wait.

  21. Dhany Mae Valiente says:

    I find the color of my messages different from the usual one and when I saw the details, it says RCS. Sad thing is, it only happened to one person and it lasted 2 days.

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