Earlier today, T-Mobile announced the introduction of Advanced Messaging, based on RCS, or Rich Communications Services. Just like HD calling has improved voice calling, Advanced Messaging is set to improve standard SMS text messaging – and it is designed to work across apps, devices, and even carriers.
T-Mobile says that Advanced Messaging will support the following features:
- Rich 1 on 1 and group messaging, including near real-time chat
- See when others are typing, when your message is delivered and even read
- Share high-res photos and videos up to 10 MB just as you would a regular text message
- And T-Mobile Advanced Messaging is built to work across all devices, makers and operating systems—and wireless operators.
At launch, it’s only available on the new Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime, although OTA updates for the Galaxy S5 and S6 will also bring Advanced Messaging to these devices. T-Mobile says it expects over a dozen new devices will be released soon that will support this feature, and it hopes that it will soon become standard on all devices and carriers going forward.
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