The messaging app makes use of RCS instead of SMS, with the arrival of encryption being one of the most requested and expected features by users.
It should be noted that apps like WhatsApp have been offering encryption for a long time, so this Google launch would be putting Messages at the competition level.
Google seems to have decided to bet on RCS in force and to do in weeks what the operators have not done in years, including even sending messages with “end-to-end” encryption that will ensure that only those who send and receive the message to you can read.
In the past few weeks we have seen the RCS in Google’s Messages app for Android being activated for operators that did not yet support RCS, and shortly afterwards it was discovered that reactions such as those that exist in Apple’s iMessage and Facebook’s Messenger will not be lacking.
Now, references to RCS messages with end-to-end encryption have been found in one of the test versions, including indication of alerts if the message is to be resent via SMS / MMS (which have no encryption), and also with encryption apparently mandatory if you want to share the location.
Google continues to cross out items in the list of differences that would put RCS at a disadvantage compared to Messenger and iMessage. It seems too early for it to be the effect of the new director who took over all of Google’s messaging services, to put order in the immense mess that Google has gotten into; but in any case, it is good to see this Google demonstrating this speed and willingness to deal with the matter, which has been completely absent in recent years.