RCS group chats in Google Messages to get end-to-end encryption soon
of Google Messages the application has provided end-to-end encryption (E2EE) for the one-to-one conversations carried RCS (Rich Communication Services) for the past two years. However, the same security is not provided for group chats. Google had announced that E2EE will be available in RCS group chats “later this year,” but there is no update on its development. According to some users, Google has started testing end-to-end encryption for group chats.
A user on Reddit has noticed a message in an RCS group chat in the Google Messages app (mainly beta), which says the message is encrypted. The message also prompts the user to visit a website to learn more about this feature. This link, interestingly, mentions end-to-end encryption in it. She suggests that Google has at least begun testing end-to-end encryption for RCS group chats in the Google Messages app.
The notification itself appears to be broken, and that’s most likely because the feature is still in early development. Interestingly, this RCS group chat message also appeared for people using Samsung Messaging app. Maybe the message got corrupted because the end-to-end encryption feature is only supposed to work between Google Messages users.
Although we need more clarity on this, it is great news that E2EE for RCS group chats is now one step closer to launch.
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