This new partnership will seek to deploy RCS messages to more users across more devices on more networks and services, as RCS messaging, or Rich Communication Services messaging, adds a handful of benefits to the texting experience that isn’t currently available on devices or networks that don’t support the standard, such as being able to see when someone is replying in real-time. The new partnership with Google includes working with 43 different carriers and device manufacturers to get everything up and running and to hopefully extend RCS messaging to all Android users, or as many users as is possible. Google plans to continue this with more businesses across the U.S. and even outside the U.S. to make RCS more globally available between customers and businesses going forward. Google does not however mention which regions or businesses will be included. Get the full story at Google