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Google Messages has a cool trick that reroutes RCS message via SMS

Google Messages users can either choose to delete a message completely or send it as an SMS.

Reports hint that the feature was available in the Google Messages app at least a few releases ago.

Google has been steadily rolling out RCS chats in its Messages app around the world, which has greatly improved the functionality of the company’s chat app. Now, word is that the company has updated its Messages app adding a clever trick that gives RCS chats a fallback mechanism in case a message doesn’t go through.

According to a report by Android Police, Google has rolled out an update to its Messages app, which ensures that users get an alternate route to send their message if the RCS chat message fails to send or is stuck in sending loop. This involves sending the message as a conventional SMS.

When an RCS message takes an unusually long time to send, users can tap on the message, which will give them two options. While one of the options will enable users to delete the message completely, the other one will enable them to send the message as an SMS or MMS instead.

Interestingly, this is not a new update. The publication notes that the feature was available in the Google Messages app at least a few releases ago. However, it went unnoticed until now. That said, new or old, the feature definitely makes it easy for users to send their messages.

Separately, Google had released a major update to its Messages app back in May this year. The update enabled users to send iMessages-like reactions in the RCS messages. The reactions included love, laughing, surprised, sad, angry and dislike.

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