RCS Messaging is Now Available Globally in Google Messages

Yolanda Curtis
November 22, 2020

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. If your carrier is not providing it, you will instead receive it directly from Google in the app.

For the past year and a half, Google has been rolling out its next-generation messaging to Android users to replace the old, clunky, and insecure SMS text messaging. "Now anyone using Messages around the world has access to modern chat features either from their carrier or directly from Google", said the company.

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. Hopefully when RCS becomes a more widely accepted and used standard these other messaging apps will die off or at least allow users to use whatever they want instead of force installing these on phones out of the box.

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. RCS features include improved video and photo quality, seeing when chats are read, sending and receiving messages over WiFI, improved group chat capabilities and sending reactions to messages.

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.

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

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