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Google, Sprint Deploy RCS on Android Phones

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Nov 4, 2016, 8:13 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @zeman_e

Google and Sprint today said some of Sprint's Android phones now have access to RCS-based messaging features. Google added Rich Communication Services, powered by its Jibe cloud platform, to its own Messenger SMS application. Some of the features of RCS include group chat, high-resolution photo sharing, advanced calling features, and read receipts. According to Sprint, select LG handsets and all Nexus handsets will automatically receive the new RCS-based Messenger app later today. Sprint customers who own other Android devices should be able to download the app directly from the Google Play Store. The RCS-enriched Messenger app will be installed on all Sprint phones beginning in 2017. Earlier this year, the GSMA and a large number of global network operators agreed to deploy RCS with Google. Sprint was one of the initial supporters of the GSMA's plans, though so far AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless have remained silent on potential adoption of the Google-made RCS app.


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Nov 4, 2016, 5:19 PM

Didn't Metro/T-Mo already introduce RCS?

I think Metro rolled it out first, then T-mo introduced a version as well.

https://www.engadget.com/2013/02/26/metropcs-widens- ... »

http://www.fiercewireless.com/wireless/t-mobile-laun ... »

I dislike using Google Messenger also, it sucked in my experience, not to mention that using a Google product such as this means you are willingly giving your chat logs to the government, as Google has already done many many times.

As opposed to something like WhatsApp, which encrypts your communications and is a company who actually tries to protect their users data. It seems Do No Evil has went by the way side.

Nov 4, 2016, 11:37 AM


I've tried Google's Messenger as my SMS client in the past wasn't happy with it. MMS messages if they didn't download on first try. I work in a basement of a building where Sprint coverage is bad, so I often have to download messages later when I'm outside.
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