Google and some of the world’s top standards setters have been working to spread RCS messaging as far and wide as possible. In case you don’t know, RCS is a rich communication protocol that would enable a far more advanced messaging experience than traditional SMS and MMS have been able to.
To put it simply, the rich features you in enjoy in messaging apps like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, or even iMessage on the iPhone side of things would be possible through standard carrier messaging plans.
And the best part of it all is that this technology is interoperable, so folks on one carrier can message those on another with the same set of capabilities, features, and enhancements.
It’s been a slow crawl to date, but the ball is definitely rolling. Google worked with Sprint to get RCS off the ground last year, and T-Mobile has announced their intention to do so in Q2 of this year. With AT&T promising they’ll eventually get around to it and Verizon likely to follow suit once they see the other big boys playing, it’s only a matter of time before we can enjoy pleasantries that are often closed behind proprietary apps and, in the case of iMessage, devices.