Google recently launched a new feature for its in-house mobile messaging application, Messages. In a new update, the Messages app will now let users use Wi-Fi or mobile data to send photos, videos, and other extra chat features on the app, all thanks to the Rich Communication Services powering this new service.

In a blog post announcement from Google by Sanaz Ahari, Product Management Director on Tuesday, November 14, it was announced that this new feature was finally launched in an effort to make conversations of Messages users more seamless.

Using Rich Communication Services technology, Google will now be able to offer more features in sending and receiving messages using the app. These new features include the ability to send and receive messages over mobile data or Wi-Fi and the ability to know if a message has been seen or not by the receiving end, among others.

In this file photo taken on January 18, 2019 a logo is pictured above the entrance to the offices of Google in London In this file photo taken on January 18, 2019 a logo is pictured above the entrance to the offices of Google in London Photo: AFP / Ben STANSALL

“When you and your friends message each other with these chat features, you can chat over Wi-Fi or mobile data, send and receive high-resolution photos and videos, and see if people have received your latest messages,” Ahari further detailed on the post. “Plus, you’ll get better group chats, with the ability to name groups, add and remove people to and from groups, and see if people haven’t seen the latest messages.”

“We’re also committed to working with our partners, including carriers and device makers, to provide a consistent and interoperable experience for everyone on Android.”

While this is something new for Android users, this is one thing that Apple users have had all these times. With Apple’s iMessage app on iOS, users can do the same thing Messages was able to do only now: send photos, videos, messages using an internet connection, and other extra features.

Currently, the new update for Messages is only available for the US. Other users from other parts of the world will notice that their Messages app remains the same as before.

Google gave no word as of the moment on when and how they plan to launch this new feature in other parts of the world.