Apple is set to adopt a messaging service that will make texting between an iPhone and an Android device a better experience.

It comes after the US technology giant confirmed it will adopt the rich communication services (RCS) “later next year”.

RCS is considered an industry standard for messaging and allows users to send and receive high-quality photos and videos, chat over wifi as well as mobile data. 

Plus, users of the service can see when messages have been read, a range of features that currently do not exist or work to the same standard when messaging between an iPhone and Android.

Now, Apple has decided to focus on its own messaging system – iMessage – which allows for seamless communication between iPhone handsets.

Apple to improve communication system

Adopting RCS alongside iMessage will likely make the experience of chatting to an Android user from an iPhone closer to the iMessage experience.

Sharing a statement to 9to5MAc, Apple said: "Later next year, we will be adding support for RCS Universal Profile, the standard as currently published by the GSM Association.

“We believe RCS Universal Profile will offer a better interoperability experience when compared to SMS or MMS.”

Apple's change also comes amid EU regulators placing pressure on Apple to make iMessage more interoperable with other services under its new Digital Services Act.

The act is designed to rein in tech giants, improve competition and ultimately provide better, more accessible services for consumers.

Earlier this week, smartphone maker Nothing also revealed its Android phones would begin to support iMessage via a new app.