Google launches RCS messaging worldwide

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 22, 2020

In a blog post Thursday, Google said it plans to roll out end-to-end encryption - starting with one-on-one conversations - leaving open the possibility of end-to-end encrypted group chats.

Aussies had RCS Chat arrive here not long ago but today Google has announced that have finished their global rollout making the "modern messaging experience universal" for everyone on Android. Basically, numerous features that are supported in stand-alone messaging programs like Facebook's Messenger, Telegram and WhatsApp should be available to anyone using Google's Messages app.

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.

As you all know, Google realized past year that carriers were holding up a broader RCS rollout (because carriers like nothing more than to greedily squeeze cash out of messaging) and made a decision to give it to everyone without them. The search-giant said anyone around the world has access to the new chat feature either from their carrier or directly from Google.

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

RCS in Google Messages is now available globally after a somewhat slow rollout. The feature will come into effect by default for Android users with Android Messages. The update is meant to catapult users from relying on SMS text messaging to more modern messaging features, such as chatting over Wi-Fi, sending and receiving better quality pictures and videos, and being able to use read receipts. Users in countries, including India, where RCS has rolled out recently, will see a banner when they open the app explaining the way the feature works and how they can now enable it.

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