T-Mobile has announced “Advanced Messaging,” a new feature that ramps up text messaging using Rich Communications Services. Utilizing RCS enables users to send files up to 10mb in size and engage in rich text messaging – one-on-one or in groups – that includes “ near real-time chat,” the ability to see when your messages are sent and read.
Advanced Messaging will make texting more like a chat service such as WhatsApp, Google Hangouts, Facebook Messenger, or iMessenger, reports PC Mag.
According to a blog post written by T-Mobile Chief Technology Officer Neville Ray, Advanced Messaging won’t require any downloads or third-party apps to work. It’ll roll out on the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime, but will be available later on the Galaxy S5 and S6 via a software update.
“We expect it will be a standard feature on new smartphones sold,” Ray writes in the blog.
Nearly a dozen more hot devices will come with Advanced Messaging this year alone, and, in the future, we expect it will be a standard feature on new smartphones sold.
For now, this feature is only available through T-Mobile. The company declined to comment whether Advanced Messaging would be available for the iPhone in the future, deferring the question to Apple, reports CNET.
However, Ray wrote that he expects the “announcement will be a wake-up call for the old carriers to get moving with RCS, so customers can enjoy these next-gen services working across wireless providers.”
For now, this is something you can only get at T-Mobile — though I expect our announcement will be a wake-up call for the old carriers to get moving with RCS, so customers can enjoy these next-gen services working across wireless providers.
Earlier this week, Yahoo announced their new ‘Livetext’ feature which combines text messages with video chats in one messenger app.