New York (The Verge) — Google is rolling out end-to-end encryption for RCS in Android Messages beta
Everybody with an Android phone can use the replacement for SMS now, called RCS. By using Google’s Android Messages app, they’ll get advanced chat features. Google has also formally announced it will be turning on end-to-end encryption in beta.
Just as importantly, Google has announced that it’s finally beginning to enable a key privacy feature: end-to-end encryption. For Android users who use Android Messages, one-on-one chats will eventually be end-to-end encrypted by default, meaning neither carriers nor Google will be able to read the content of those messages.
Even though encryption is only beginning to roll out to people who sign up for the public beta for Android Messages, turning on encryption for RCS is a very big deal. It’s a massive privacy win, as it could mean that the de facto replacement for SMS will, by default, be private on the smartphone platform used by the vast majority of people worldwide. — Dieter Bohn/@verge