RCS Messaging by Google is Getting End-to-End Encryption

We have to admit that anybody is more comfortable when using an app capable of end-to-end encryption. The thought of somebody else reading your messages is very disturbing, even if you’re not doing anything illegal. Everybody has the right to intimacy, and it’s nice to see that more and more companies realize this.

APK Insight team started to explore what’s up with the next version of Google Messages. One of the main changes seems to be the end-to-end encryption for RCS messages. For those unaware, RCS (Rich Communication Services) is the successor to the age-old SMS messaging.

Google said before that end-to-end encryption is under development

This happened a significant amount of time before the discovery made by the APK Insight team. But while Google didn’t provide some satisfying details at that point, it was up to the APK Insight team to now find some compelling info. Therefore, an internal build of Google Messages v. 6.2 has a few lines of code that offer hints to future features for the app, and one of them is the end-to-end encryption. However, don’t bet all your money on this, as the findings could still represent a subject for interpretation. However, we can expect end-to-end encryption to arrive someday as long as Google said before that it’s working on it.

Here’s what Google says on its Play Store about RCS messaging:

On supported carriers, you can send and receive messages over Wi-Fi or your data network, see when friends are typing or when they have read your message, share images and videos in high quality, and more.

End-to-end encryption is a method of secure communication that prevents data from getting exposed to third-parties while it’s being sent from one end system or device to another. In end-to-end encryption, the data is encrypted on the system or device of the sender and only the recipient becomes able to decrypt it.

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