In 2018, we are expecting for RCS to make a global rollout as the default messaging experience for Android devices. There have been several developments regarding RCS over past several years, but the most progress weve seen has happened in the past year or so.
XDA-Developers reports of a Discord member who managed to update his AT&T Samsung Galaxy S9 to a leaked version of the firmware with the May security patch. In this, he found that the Messages app brought chatbot support which let you communicate with an automated bot from a company for things like checking into a flight or getting the latest news. Kind of like how Facebook Messenger has been doing for at least a couple of years now.
So far, the leaked Messenger app supports chatbots from 1-800-Flowers, 385Scores, CNN, HereWeGo Chat, SkyScanners, and Walgreens to name a few. An XDA member was able to talk to the CNN chatbot and shared some screenshots with XDA. You can ask for daily news and request breaking news alerts.
Via XDA Developers
So far, it only works with the AT&T variant of the Galaxy S9, but other carriers are sure to support it soon after. Still, it isnt not an official feature since the update hasnt arrived to the public. Check out the Source link below for more screenshots.
As far as RCS goes, Google has said that Chat (which is based on the RCS Profile) will be switched on in carriers all over the globe over the next 12-18 months.