Google and Sprint partner up to give Android users RCS Messaging through Google’s own Messenger app

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.

[Messenger – Download Link]

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Doug Demagistris is the Founder and current Editor In Chief of Droid Turf. He grew up in New York and now attends Bryant University where he is studying marketing and communication. He has been and always will be a Google enthusiast thanks to Android’s customization, flat design and exceptional integration with various Google services. Currently, Doug uses a Pixel 2 XL as his daily driver for its unique design, powerful hardware, exceptional camera, and stock experience. For shorter instances, he’ll glance at his Huawei Watch. And for more productive work, you’ll find him typing away on his Pixelbook. Doug is hopeful his productivity will make lives easier, more meaningful and help down the road.