Google and Sprint team up to offer customers RCS Messaging

Google and Sprint team up to offer customers RCS Messaging
Sprint is the only carrier in the United States that supports Google's RCS Messaging. Although AT&T and T-Mobile provide this service, it's not compatible yet with Google's RCS (Rich Communications Services) platform that works through the Messenger application.

The improved SMS service is available in the United States at some of the major carriers in the country, but for some reason they aren't compatible with each other.

Anyway, if you're a Sprint customers and own supported smartphone, you will now be able to use RCS Messaging. As expected, the service is available through the Messenger application for Android.

With RCS Messaging, Sprint customers will be able to benefit from multiple enhanced features such as group chat, high-res photo sharing, read receipts, along with the usual standard messaging experience on Android.

According to Google, all new Android smartphones that will be launched at Sprint next year will be preloaded with Messenger for Android as the default SMS and RCS messaging services.

Also, Sprint confirmed that subscribers who are now using select LG and Nexus phone will have the messaging experience upgraded automatically via an app update. Owners of other smartphones can download the Messenger app via Google Play store.

Google hopes to bring RCS Messaging compatibility to more carriers in the coming months. Currently, more than 58 carriers and handset makers confirmed their support for RCS Messaging, but not all have already implemented the service into their products.

source: Google

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4 Comments

1. Tziggy14

Posts: 624; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

Fragmentation. Wooohoo.

2. Dunexus

Posts: 7; Member since: Jul 22, 2013

RCS is meant to be(come) the standard for rich media messaging replacing the old SMS/MMS (1992/2001). Lots of carriers are working on it. Wooohoo.

3. vincelongman

Posts: 5728; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Yep, basically: Google bought Jibe and donated its RCS service to GSMA Jibe's RCS service is now GSMA's Universal Profile for Advanced Calling and Messaging Similar to how AMD donated Mantle to Khronos, Mantle became Vulkan, which is now the industry standard for low level graphics and compute Universal Profile is backed by: Mobile OS providers: Google and Microsoft OEMs: Alcatel, ASUS, General Mobile, HTC, Intex Technologies, Lava International Ltd., LG Electronics, Lenovo/Motorola, Samsung Electronics and ZTE Operators: AIS, América Móvil, Axiata Group, Beeline, Bell Mobility, Bharti Airtel, China Mobile, China Telecom, China Unicom, Claro Brazil, Claro Colombia, Deutsche Telekom, Etisalat, Globe Telecom, Indosat Ooredoo, KPN, M1, Megafon, Millicom, MTN, MTS, Optus, Orange, Personal Argentina, Personal Paraguay, PLAY, Reliance Jio, Rogers Communications, Singtel, Smart Communications, Sprint, StarHub, Telcel Mexico, Tele2, Telefónica, Telenor Group, TeliaSonera, Telkomsel, Telstra, Telus, TIM, T-Mobile US, Turkcell, Verizon, VimpelCom, and Vodafone Basically only Apple, Huawei and Sony are the only major OEMs missing Sprint was already using Jibe's RCS service, which is probably why they are the first to support GSMA's Universal Profile

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