Google, Sprint Launch New Text Messaging Platform

Google, Sprint Launch New Text Messaging Platform

However it seems that it could soon be going the way of the dinosaur thanks to Rich Communication Services, a new standard that could eventually replace SMS. Android devices on Sprint will be the first to send and receive enhanced SMS messages that feature read receipts, better group chat, high-res photo sharing, and more. Google's recently refreshed Messenger app supports the new RCS protocol by default, so this is a good reason for Sprint to feature this app as the default texting solution for all users (thank God!).

Teaming up with Google on the initiative, Sprint is ready to bring the more powerful RCS to its Android smartphones.

Subscribers now using select LG and Nexus phones on Sprint will have the messaging experience upgraded automatically through an app update, with some already receiving an in-app prompt to switch over to RCS.

This move makes Sprint the first carrier to support the new messaging experience.

In a bid to offer improved functionality to the users, the search engine giant, Google, announced today that it has rolled out the Rich Communication Support (RCS) update for its Messenger app.

Apple's iMessage is so popular not just because it's the default messaging app on iPhones, but also because it seamlessly combines SMS with more advanced messaging features. Amir Sarhangi, Google's head of RCS, wrote in a blog post, adding that the company expects to launch the messaging platform with more partners in the coming months. All in all, with all the work Google's put into Jibe and the time spent doing so, I think it'll serve as a worthy upgrade over the standard SMS format, but there's of course no way of telling until real-world tests are conducted.

For now, Android users on Sprint will be able to enjoy the new messaging experience only when they're exchanging messages with other Android users on Sprint, using the updated Google Messenger app.

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