Saturday, 28 November, 2020

Google rolls out RCS chat globally, end-to-end encryption coming soon

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

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Cecil Davis | 22 November, 2020, 12:51

It is great to see Google complete this RCS Chat worldwide rollout, now we just need Apple to get onboard and stop holding back messaging worldwide - don't hold you breath for that one.

Google announced a couple of big items related to its Messages app this morning, both of which have to do with RCS.

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

In addition to this, Google said it is adding end-to-end encryption to one-on-one RCS conversations, meaning neither Google nor third parties can read the content of those messages.

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However, end-to-end encryption is not available completely but will start rolling out to beta testers beginning this month and will continue into next year. I love that they're offering RCS via their app after dealing with so much headache from phone carriers - these companies generally want you to use their RCS features in their own branded messaging apps that come as bloatware on most phones and it's so frustrating. The E2EE feature is now not available for SMS/MMS as well as in group messaging.

After several years of failing to make RCS widely available, due primarily to pushback by phone carriers, Google has now officially made their Rich Communication Services or RCS available globally via their Messages app. To sing up to test out end-to-end encryption follow the instructions here and wait for the update to arrive on your device.

Previously, it was only available in a few countries, including France, Mexico, and the US.

As Google explains it, RCS upgrades SMS text messaging so that users can send and receive better quality photos and videos, chat over Wi-Fi or data, know when messages are read, share reactions, and enjoy more dynamic and engaging group chats.