Next up in the U.S. to get support for Google’s RCS standard is Sprint customers. Anyone who currently uses select LG and Nexus phones from the carrier will be able to enjoy the enhanced messaging experience once the Google Messenger is installed or updated.
Furthermore, all new Android devices on Sprint’s network will use Google Messenger as the default messaging app starting in 2017. It’s part of Google’s strategy to standardize its RCS implementation for the world.
New U.S. partners will launch RCS for their customers in the coming months. If your phone and carrier support RCS already, Google Messenger should give you a small notification at some point to let you know it can be enabled.
What’s the benefit of RCS? You get things like group chat, high quality photo-sharing, and read receipts. Much of the work done is over data, backed by the Jibe RCS cloud hosted by Google.
Google says more than 58 companies worldwide have agree to support a single, standard implementation of RCS; therefore, it may not be too crazy to think 4.7 billion people globally could be messaging through the same technology.