Why would Google...
want this to be the messaging to end all messaging unless there was some way that they could slurp the data? They won't be doing this out of the kindness of their heart that's for sure.
RCS is still very much NOT needed.
There fixed it for you.
It just depends who you think is the lesser of all evils (perm one from Apple, Chinese Government, Google or Facebook) in you choice.
TBH, NONE of the above tickles my fancy.