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If you think about it, over the years services like Facebook, Skype and Snapchat have done a great job at pushing mobile messaging forward with the constant addition of new features, applications and more. During this time, wireless service providers haven’t really done much to enhance their subscribers’ text messaging experience. With that said, T-Mobile has just announced a new messaging feature that will hopefully change that for the better.

The new feature is called T-Mobile Advanced Messaging, and it’s built on a standard called Rich Communications Services (RCS). Advanced Messaging will come with a slew of messaging enhancements such as real-time group chatting, typing confirmation, 10MB file sharing in text messages and much more.

Here is a list of features Advanced Messaging will bring to the table:

  • 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

Since this is based off of the RCS standard, Advanced Messaging will be able to work across all platform ecosystems, smartphones and even wireless carriers. The Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime is the first smartphone that comes with this feature built-in, and T-Mobile says the Galaxy S5 and S6 will both get Advanced Messaging via a software update later this year. More than a dozen additional phones will get this feature in the coming year, as well.

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