As promised, T-Mobile is improving when it comes to RCS messaging. With a merge between it and Sprint set to happen, T-Mobile will join Sprint (literally) in providing support for RCS, thanks to Google Jibe.
According to a recent tweet, T-Mobile has begun rolling out to Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge owners the ability to use the latest in texting technology. GSMA Universal Profile 1.0 includes advanced texting benefits that allow users to participate in group chats of up to 100 people and even transfer large files over-the-air via SMS. The function is being turned on now via a server switch, but was actually included in a recent update to Android 8.0.
Fragmentation among cell carriers, apps, and devices has made it a challenge for universal RCS support. The Android Messages app works for the most users, though much progress still needs to be made. T-Mobile plans to roll out support to more smartphones via updates in the future. We don’t have dates, but we can assure you that RCS messaging will come to more phones. Hopefully this will include some newer Android models. We’ll keep you posted on updates as soon as we hear more.
SOURCE [Neville on Twitter]