Google’s plain Messenger app, not Allo, nor Hangouts, now supports RCS or Rich Communications Services messaging. In a new partnership with U.S. carrier Sprint, Android users with this app will get an enhanced messaging experience.
RCS is a U.S. standard for SMS activity giving users the ability to chat in groups, share files and get read receipts on any outgoing and incoming messages. Rather than installing their own RCS supported app and service for messaging, Sprint will soon pre-load Android handsets with Google’s Messenger app instead, now that it complies with the standard.
The process is said to start early next year, meaning that all Sprint handsets running Android will soon come with Google’s Messenger set as the default upon turning on the phone for the very first time. If you want to start using the app now as your dedicated messenger, you can update to the latest version at the download link included in brackets below. Google is said to be working closely with other carriers to strike similar deals. We’ll keep you updated.
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