Samsung secures joyn Blackbird accreditation for Galaxy smartphones

Samsung has been accredited with joyn Blackbird from the Groupe Speciale Mobile Association (GSMA), and plans to roll out the service on smartphones including the Galaxy S5 and S4 by the end of the year.


Samsung has secured joyn Blackbird, the latest RCS standard for its range of flagship smartphones which is designed to improve multimedia communication services.

The South Korean firm announced the accreditation on Monday, saying that the company is the first smartphone provider to secure the joyn Blackbird RCS standard. Bestowed by the Groupe Speciale Mobile Association (GSMA), joyn Blackbird is the latest level of Rich Communications Services (RCS)-based standards, and is designed to improve and streamline multimedia communication services.

Joyn Blackbird is used to improve multimedia communication services including video and image sharing during calls, messaging, SMS/MMS conversion and file transfers through 1-to-1 and group chats.

J.K Shin, CEO and head of IT & mobile communication at Samsung Electronics commented:

"RCS is a progressive and important technology that is transforming the future of mobile communication. As a market leader in technology, Samsung continues to differentiate itself by providing our customers with the most advanced mobile communications software and solutions available."

Samsung will begin offering joyn Blackbird-based services on flagship phones including the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S5 in Germany and Spain by the end of this year, and will then roll out the new features in France, Italy and the United Kingdom.

Last week, Microsoft filed a lawsuit against the electronics giant over an alleged breach of contract involving Android patent royalties. The Redmond giant is seeking unpaid interest from Samsung when the firm withheld patent royalties from Microsoft, and is also seeking a ruling as to whether the firm's acquisition of Nokia's handset unit negates IP agreements with Samsung dating from 2011.