Google has made several big announcements today, including a surprising one about end-to-end encryption for RCS chat. Apart from the embargo details, the company revealed that its end-to-end encryption for Chat/RCS messages in Google Messages is now out of beta.
The end-to-end encryption for the RCS feature arrived for Google Messages beta late last year. And there is a whole document revealing details about its working. However, if you want to understand the working, it makes your RCS Chat-based conversations in Google Messages secure by making sure nobody can read it in transit, including Google. Now, the RCS/Chat is available to the whole world via Messages.
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In any case, it is important to note that this feature is only live for one-on-one conversations, not group chats.
What’s more, Universal Profile subreddit reports suggest that end-to-end encryption from Google has started arriving on devices that have not opted for Google Messages beta. Hence, it is safe to assume that the company will soon start a wider rollout. However, the update may not reach everyone at the same time.
If you want to find out whether you have received the update or not, start an RCS conversation in the Google Messages app now, see if you have the little lock icon that appears in the supported conversations. Make sure it is accompanied by notification as well when the feature arrives.
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