karen minton: Google Messages to Finally Add End-to-End Encryption for RCS
Google Messages to Finally Add End-to-End Encryption for RCS
An internal analysis says that the latest update in the process.
Google Messages are about to introduce the encryption feature for RCS, which will be end to end. 9to5 Google confirmed the news regarding the introduction of RCS through APKMirror. RCS or Rich Communication Services is set to offer everything that most of the text messaging services do will succeed in SMS messaging. But, there is a big difference between Rich Communication Services provided by Google Messages and other messaging services like iMessage and Signal. Most of the messaging services, including Signal or iMessage, grant end to end encryption, but Rich communication services fail to do so. The major carriers of US cellular services have announced that they are going to adopt the new update till the year 2021.
Google first unveiled the Rich Communication Services in the year 2018 as the central texting platform of Android. After that, the company announced the rolling out of the service to the users of the US in November in the year 2018. A detailed analysis of the internal build is suggesting about the introduction of future updates. The interior building analysis of Google Messages v.6.2 in indicating the inclusion of various code lines indicating that the app will have many useful features. The updates include the latest twelve strings, which is referring to the encryption in the app. Amidst all, there are not many details about the requirements of the end to end encryption going to be introduced in the app. It may happen that both the parties, including the sender and receiver, may need to use the Google Messages app. However, the requirements are not clear, and so it may change if more and more apps will start gaining support. But, till now the users at both sides including the sender and receiver will need a reliable internet connection to avail the facilities provided by the end to end encrypted Rich communication messages. If the users have a bad internet connection, then, Google Messages will start offering the users to send their messages through MMS or SMS as the default method. However, before sending messages in this way, Google Messages will remind the users the MMS and SMS are not end-to-end encrypted while asking for the users’ consent.
More interestingly, it seems that Google Messages will provide more protections for the end to end RCS. For example, the users can opt for settings that only those Android applications can see your information, which has the permission to see only end-to-end encrypted messages. Also, the app will remind the users that their messages are encrypted when you share your location. But, no one knows when the company will ship the features, and also there is no way to know regarding it. The company has said it the latest feature is in progress and everyone is trying hard to give it the final touch. Meanwhile, the company is also excited to launch its next-generation chat feature, Rich communication service very soon once it will be completed. If you are using the iPhone, then you can celebrate as indications are showing that the feature will appear on it very soon.