Let’s face it: Text messages are an anachronistic pain in the rear. They don’t support read receipts, group messaging features, or the animated stickers your pals share on apps like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and WeChat. They depend on a cellular connection — if you’re roaming or you don’t have a signal, you can’t send or receive messages — and they’re annoyingly limited to 160 characters in length. Despite all those limitations, and predictions of its demise, text messaging, also known as SMS (Short Message Service), remains incredibly popular.
At the end of 2010, an estimated 3.5 billion smartphone users (or roughly 80 percent of cell subscribers) regularly sent text messages, which is partly why companies like Google, Samsung, and Sprint aren’t trying to fight it. Instead, they’re teaming up with
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