Google Fi may not be as big yet as the other mobile virtual network operators but it does have a loyal user base. And for the first month of 2019, they’re already bringing new treats to their subscribers. Those who have eligible phones to Rich Communication Services or RCS will now get their default Messages app upgraded. And if you have a smartphone that’s actually designed for Fi, you will be able to get faster data coverage in specific countries outside the US.

RCS allows you to send and receive more than just simple SMS and instead lets you “do and share more” whether it’s one-on-one messaging or group messaging with friends, family members, and even businesses. If the one sending you messages or the one you’re sending messages to also has RCS enabled, you can see typing indicators and read receipts, share videos, and message over Wi-Fi or data.

If your phone is designed for Google Fi, RCS will be automatically enabled. If you have an Android phone that’s compatible with RCS, like those selected devices from Google, HTC, Huawei, LG, Motorola, Samsung, Nokia, Xiaomi, OnePlus, and Essential, you will have to download the Messages app and use it as your default messaging app.

One of the favorite things about Fi that travelers enjoy is automatic data coverage in other countries and you get to pay the same amount as you would at home. As a New Year’s gift to their subscribers, they are bringing faster 4G LTE coverage in over 33 countries. Well, it would work if you have a phone designed for Fi. This upgrade will be happening over the next few weeks and some of the countries included are Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Spain, and the UK.

SOURCE: Google