Google Messages gets support for Ultra HDR images in RCS chat: Report

Google’s Messages app has reportedly added Ultra HDR support to RCS (Rich Communication Services) chats. This functionality will allow users to share high quality images in their RCS messages. The Ultra HDR image format is available on devices running Android 14. Google’s new Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro handsets are among the first to get the new feature. The Google Messages app already offers features like typing indicator, photo and video sharing.

As spotted by TheSpAndroid, Google Messages has gained support for Ultra HDR images in RCS chats. This will help users improve their messaging experience by exchanging Ultra HDR images on RCS Chat. Ultra HDR is a new image format available on Android 14. Currently, Google’s Pixel 8 lineup is the only Ultra HDR-capable device available.

According to an APK teardown of the app seen by the publication, the code “Bugle.support_ultra_hdr” suggests support for Ultra HDR images in Google Messages. Google reportedly added support for Ultra HDR images in September, just ahead of the launch of the Pixel 8 series.

The Ultra HDR image format was introduced by Google with the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro. It is a variation of the standard JPEG format with HDR metadata and provides a better image experience with detailed highlights and shadows. Ultra HDR images can be viewed on HDR and non-HDR displays.

Google Messages already offers many messaging features in RCS Chat, including read receipts, typing indicators, inline replies, group chats, video calls, and more.

Google’s key rival Apple is planning to bring RCS protocol to iPhone models in 2024. The new RCS standard will work with iMessage. It will debut on iPhone models via a software update next year and add a wide range of iMessage-style features for messaging between iPhone and Android devices.


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