Google recently announced that they’ve partnered with Sprint to push forward with RCS, the next-generation standard for text-based mobile communications. This new standard is colloquially referred to as Advanced Messaging, and with any luck, it should finally give us a true iMessage competitor on Android.

T-Mobile and AT&T are on board with the new standard, so support for those networks should come soon. In all, the new RCS standard has over 50 tech companies in the fold already—including Samsung, LG, HTC, and even Microsoft—so it’s an industry-wide push. But there’s a lot to learn about… more

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