RCS Messaging is Now Available Globally in Google Messages

Joanna Estrada
November 20, 2020

Now, anyone who downloads it on Android will experience modern chat features like high-res photo and video sharing, typing indicators and read receipts, location sharing, message reactions, the ability to chat over Wi-Fi or data and much more! 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.

After several years of failing to make RCS widely available, due primarily to pushback by phone carriers, Google has now officially made their Rich Communication Services or RCS available globally via their Messages app.

Google also announced that it is rolling out end-to-end encryption on the Messages from Google RCS platform. "Eligible" messages will be encrypted automatically, and both participants will need to use the Google Messages app with chat features turned on.

As you all know, Google realized previous 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.

"We recognize that your conversations are private and it's our responsibility to keep your personal information safe", said Google.

And going forward, Google says that it will continue to upgrade its support for RCS to include better security and privacy as well.

Google said the feature will first roll out to beta testers this month, and this will continue into next year.

End-to-end encryption is already available on some services such as Facebook-owned WhatsApp, but the company has been facing resistance over its plan to bring full encryption to its Messenger app.

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