SMS used by billions of people worldwide, is one of the most ubiquitous forms of communication.
Today, Google added Sprint, as the first carrier lauching supporting for its new universal RCS (Rich Communications Services) profile.
RCS is an initative that Google along with mobile industry worked over the years to upgrade the existing SMS to provide a better more enhanced messaging experience. And, more than 58 carriers and manufacturers committed to supporting implementation of RCS with collectively covering a subscriber base of 4.7 billion people globally.
Sprint subscribers with Android devices, will have their standard SMS app upgraded through the Google's Messenger app. After the upgrade, cstomers will gain enhanced features including group chat, high-res photo sharing, read receipts, and more to the standard messaging experience on Android.
Sprint subscribers with select LG and Nexus phones will have the messaging experience upgraded automatically through an app update, Google said, adding, "while subscribers using other Android devices can download Messenger from the Play store."
Starting next year, Google said that all new Android devices from Sprint will come preloaded with Messenger as the default SMS and RCS messaging experience.
The service will be powered by the Jibe RCS cloud from Google.