Google Messages Gets a Serious Security Upgrade

Google plans to test end-to-end encryption in Android messages		
	Zack Whittaker

		9 hours

Using Google's Messages everyone around the world has access to RCS Chat features either from their carrier or from Google.

If you want to start messing around with RCS, just update the Google Messages app in the Google Play Store and enable chat features via the app settings.

"We recognize that your conversations are private and it's our responsibility to keep your personal information safe", Drew Rowny, Google's Product Lead for Messages said in a blog.

To mark the global availability, Google also announced the beta rollout of of end-to-end encryption for Android Messages starting with one-on-one conversations.

End-to-end encryption prevents anyone - even Google - from reading messages as they travel between sender and the recipient.

It's taken years, but Google today has announced that RCS messaging is now available globally - anyone with an Android phone using Google's Messages app can take advantage of the feature.

As you all know, Google realized previous year that carriers were holding up a broader RCS rollout (because carriers like nothing more than to greedily squeeze cash out of messaging) and made a decision to give it to everyone without them.

While Google did not inform when the feature will move out of beta, the Messages app has an open beta for users who wish to sign up. The E2EE feature is now not available for SMS/MMS as well as in group messaging.

But as I mentioned above, the bigger news for privacy fans is in news that RCS in Messages will soon see end-to-end encryption. RCS messaging enables Android users to send and receive better quality photos and videos, chat over Wi-Fi or data, get read receipts, share reactions and more. Once end-to-end encryption is available more broadly for Android users, Google will implement it by default, according to The Verge.



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