Google Is (Barely) Enhancing Group Texts on Android



Google’s messaging technique over the previous decade has been all over, and extra just lately, the corporate is betting the farm on “Messages,” the default SMS app on most Android gadgets. Now the corporate is attempting to make Messages safer.

Google has been touting RCS as a substitute expertise for SMS, the usual for fast messaging that has been obtainable for round three many years. RCS provides higher media assist, learn notifications, and different fashionable options to conventional phone-based texting. Google tried working with carriers to roll it out as a extra standardized expertise (like RCS), however the firm ultimately simply rolled it out to everybody with Google’s Messages app put in. Because of this, it’s not as open of a regular as Google’s advertising would lead you to imagine — it solely works with Google’s messaging app, and most messages undergo Google’s Jibe cloud.

Google revealed in a weblog put up in the present day that it’s beginning to take a look at end-to-end encryption for group chats. The corporate mentioned, “now, end-to-end encryption is beginning to roll out for group chats and will probably be obtainable to some customers within the open beta program over the approaching weeks. This shouldn’t even be a thought — simply an expectation and one thing anybody texting mustn’t have to fret about.”

The brand new characteristic is indicated by a “this chat is now end-to-end encrypted” message on the prime. Nonetheless, even after it’s absolutely rolled out, it is going to solely work if everybody has each an Android telephone and the Android Messages app — if somebody has a third-party SMS app (like Samsung Messages) or an iPhone, you’re reverted again to non-encrypted RCS and even common SMS.

It’s nice to see extra messaging companies switching to end-to-end encryption by default. Nonetheless, if privateness is vital to you, use ought to use Sign or one other service that doesn’t ever revert to insecure safety.

Supply: Google

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