Sprint Corp. will be the first carrier to deploy Google’s new messaging service, which is seen as Android’s answer to iMessage.
RCS messaging, short for rich communications service, lets user share high-resolution photos, communicate through group chats and video chat over Wi-Fi. Google’s app will function similar to Facebook’s ubiquitous messenger and WhatsApp offerings, but wouldn’t require users to download an app.
Sprint announced Friday that Android users would see the feature roll out on their smartphones, replacing the standard SMS used for texting. In 2017, all of Sprint’s Android devices will have the Messenger for Android preloaded as the default messaging app.
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