Published: Sun, November 22, 2020
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Google launches strong encryption for Android messages

Google launches strong encryption for Android messages

The announcement of the forthcoming privacy and security feature coincides with Google's announcement that Android users are now able to use RCS, or Rich Communications Services, messaging globally, with a few exceptions.

Google had begun testing RCS in select countries past year to provide chat features in Messages based on the open RCS standard.

One of the main drawbacks of RCS at this time is that it lacks any encryption features, but Google said this will change soon.

Apart from the global rollout, Google also announced that end-to-end encryption in a beta version of Google Messages is on its way. At present, the feature is available only in the beta version and is available across the globe except Russian Federation and China.

There's still a caveat, though, as Google warns that "in some cases", it may depend on your device or carrier to enable RCS. You can check if RCS is enabled by opening the settings menu on the Messages app, and looking for "chat features".

Well, this hurdle that's been seemingly holding back this "iMessage for Android" is set to be a thing of the past as Google is reportedly working on enabling end-to-end encryption for Google's RCS.

Google has finally rolled out RCS messaging for Android users via its Messages app around the world, barring China and Russian Federation. Google says the feature will remain in the beta phase until next year but has not exactly revealed when regular users should expect it.

This feature is just like what you have with WhatsApp, Telegram, Signal, or other encrypted chat apps.

The move could bring trustworthy encryption to billions of Android phone users, safeguarding their data in a way that makes it inaccessible to Google, phone carriers and most snoops trying to intercept their communication with traditional forms of surveillance. Basically, numerous features that are supported in stand-alone messaging programs like Facebook's Messenger, Telegram and WhatsApp should be available to anyone using Google's Messages app.

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