Google Chat (RCS Universal Profile) support?
Verizon has recently announced that Google's open RCS protocol "Chat" will be rolling out in the coming days. Being a long time AT&T customer, I am interested to find out when I can expect this feature on my device. From what I've read, AT&T seems to be pushing its vastly inferior "Advanced Messaging" system and dragging its feet when it comes to proper RCS support. Advanced Messaging only supports a few Android Devices and since it is proprietary, only conversations where all participants are AT&T customers. This makes it practically useless as a messaging standard, and to even suggest comparing it to something like iMessage would only be acceptable in a tech-themed comedy club. AT&T will not win this fight, so they have a choice to make. Support Chat and finally give Android users an easy to use RCS system, or don't and force their customers to resort to third-party systems or use the stone age technology of SMS.
I write this with some derision, but I cannot express how frustrating AT&T's lack of enthusiasm regarding RCS have been. Please AT&T, take this chance to lead the industry. American Telephone and Telegraph has a history of innovation. If you are unfamiliar with the history of Bell Labs, I encourage you to look it up. Bell Labs has had a hand in almost all technologies that run our modern world. When it comes to this next step forward, please live up to your reputation.