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Google enables RCS messaging for US smartphones (without any carrier help)

Google has been trying to upgrade SMS messaging for years, by supporting the next-gen RCS protocol that enables features like read receipts, transferring high-quality photos and videos, and chatting over WiFi.

But the rollout of RCS support for Android phones has been hampered in the US by wireless carriers, who have been slow to support the technology.

Last month carriers announced that they’d finally jump aboard the RCS train.

So Google’s announcement today that it’s finally ready to bypass the carriers seems oddly timed… but maybe it make sense when you consider that Google wants you to use its own Messages app, while the carriers are going to roll out a new messaging app…

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