T-Mobile is introducing a new mobile chat feature called Advanced Messaging with the previously announced launch of the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime smartphone. Based on a standard called Rich Communications Services (RCS), Advanced Messaging has a number of chat improvements for smartphones.
While other apps like Skype, Facebook and Snapchat allow smartphone users to access advanced messaging features, the messaging apps provided by wireless carriers themselves have lagged behind. T-Mobile said it wants to change that with Advanced Messaging, which will include the following features:
- Rich 1 on 1 and group messaging, including near real-time chat
- See when others are typing, when your message is delivered and even read
- Share high-res photos and videos up to 10 MB just as you would a regular text message
T-Mobile adds that Advanced Messaging will work across all smartphones, operating systems and even wireless carriers. In additon to the Galaxy Grand Prime, it will be added, via a software update, to T-Mobile's Samsung Galaxy S5 and Galaxy S6 smartphones later this year. T-Mobile said it will be included on nearly a dozen other unnamed smartphones in the next year.