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Update: Apple originally wanted to opensource Facetime Protocols however, a patent lawsuit was filed, Apple lost that patent dispute, paid $500M. As a result of the lawsuit, Apple never OpenSourced FaceTime.
I would find it hard to believe RCS could be implemented worldwide and royalty free basis without a patent dispute being lodged somewhere. RCS would be an incremental update.
The potential for patent disputes carry additional risk because Apple performs both software and hardware development in-house. Google is less of a target for patent issues because the software it develops in house for OEMs remains free.
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Remember- back when Apple introduced FaceTime, Steve Jobs stated it the protocols were opensource for interoperability.
I believe there were exactly zero FaceTime clients developed for Android and other platforms so Apple ultimately brought the code back to closed-source.
I believe at issue is what company/entity is tasked with providing authentication, authorization, and accounting services for RCS. If Google is providing these services gratis, it’d only take a stroke of a pen and change to Terms and Conditions to use private messages as a way to expand its "relevant advertising" business once user base adoption occurs en-Masse.
However, and if the RCS solutions developed by Google are architected to be distributed and managed by several companies, how do end users prevent spam? Having multiple RCS gateway providers and even CTIA pushing the standard is not useful. SMS Spam is very prevalent and that’s partially because of the distributed nature of individual telcos desiring to whore out their network to make 1/3¢ per spammy message sent.