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Google Punts Plans to Add RCS APIs to Android Q

Google has apparently backtracked on the idea of allowing third-party messaging apps to access RCS on Android phones. Though RCS is a public specification, APIs are needed to connect messaging apps to the RCS protocols employed by wireless network operators. No API means no RCS for outside apps.

Is Google Ending Android Beam?

Recent development plans have signaled the potential end of Android Beam. Beam is Android's NFC feature for sharing small files via the tap of two phones. Developer notes show the Android Beam API is being deprecated. Further, Android Beam will be turned off by default starting with Android Q.