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Google Prepares End-to-End Encryption for RCS Texting

Regardless of how much we speak via texting or video calls about intimate and personal stuff with a friend, spouse, or co-worker, there’s always that little hesitation deep within us. We’re all fearing that a pesky employer from the company providing us the virtual service would infiltrate into our personal data and messages.

With the classical SMS texting becoming more and more obsolete, it’s tremendously more efficient and cheap to use an internet-connected instant messaging app. It offers the possibility to share many types of content besides plain text, and it costs you only the internet subscription, or nothing at all if you’re using a Wi-Fi network. And while WhatsApp, the world’s most popular instant messaging app offers end-to-end encryption (E2EE), Google also plans something similar.

E2EE comes to Google Messages soon

The guys from APKMirror found files from the version 6.2 of Google Messages that are pointing to the end-to-end encryption arriving to RCS messages. They found 12 new strings in the app that are pointing towards the E2EE hypothesis.

However, one main requirement for the new feature to work is that both users communicating need to have a good internet connection.

Install Google Messages

Another basic requirement to get your hands on E2EE offered by Google when it arrives is that both you and the one you’re talking to need to have the Google Messages app installed on your devices. You can use the app after downloading it from the Play Store, and further use it instead of your default messaging service. Google Messages is preparing for end-to-end encryption for RCS messages. For those unaware, RCS is considered the successor of SMS texting and MMS. As you’ve already guessed, RCS provides a richer form of messages and can include multimedia links and images in a standardized format.

For now, all we can do is wait for the E2EE feature to arrive. Although we don’t have a precise release date, it should be only a matter of time until Google will implement end-to-end encryption for its messages.

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