RCS messaging on Android TV and Pixel phones from Vodafone, Google partners


Vodafone, a leading telecommunications company, has announced plans to expand its European collaboration with Google into mobile messaging services, Pixel devices and Vodafone’s TV platform.

The companies’ extended agreement will allow Vodafone customers to enjoy a rich new messaging experience by leveraging Google Jib Cloud for access to Rich Communication Services (RCS).

Google’s Messages will become the default messaging app on all applicable Android devices sold through Vodafone’s carrier sales channels.

“Google and Vodafone are teaming up with RCS to bring users modern messaging, an engaging interactive TV experience and exciting new Android smartphones,” Hiroshi Lockheimer, senior vice president of Platform and Ecosystem at Google, said in a statement.

The agreement will see the Pixel 7 handset being introduced as well as the Pixel Watch and Pixel Buds for Vodafone customers in additional markets in 2023.

In addition, Android TV will be selected as the preferred platform for Vodafone’s television service in nine countries.

“Furthering our excellent relationship with Google will enable us to leverage their technological innovation to provide our consumer and business customers with exciting new experiences built on best-in-class services, all of which will be powered by our 5G and gigafast broadband network,” Vodafone Group Chief Commercial Officer Aldo Bisio said in a statement.

In addition, the expanded agreement will also allow Google to harness the full potential of Vodafone’s 5G and ultra-fast fiber-optic network.


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