Verizon launches advanced messaging solution for Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+
With Verizon's Advanced Messaging, which is supposed to replace SMS at some point, Galaxy S9/S9+ users will be able to send larger text messages (up to 8000 characters long), read receipts (see when their messages have been read), create group chats with up to 100 participants, share pictures and videos in high-quality, as well as their location.
Also, the advanced messaging solution allows users to send larger attachments than ever before, but a new option to send messages over Wi-Fi (even when the cellular connection is offline) is available too.
Unfortunately, Verizon's RCS implementation is not compatible with similar solution integrated by other carriers, which means it's only usable between Verizon customers. Google launched RCS with the purpose of unifying all messaging solutions under a single banner. Sadly, US carriers think otherwise.