Google appears to have started testing end-to-end encryption for its Messages group chats. As reported by 9To5Google, the tech giant first announced its plans to provide end-to-end encryption for group chats over RCS (Rich Communication Services) in the Messages app earlier this year.
In a large group chat, Reddit users noticed that a message had appeared saying it was encrypted.
Further research by Redditors revealed that Google Messages enables end-to-end encryption for group chats, making RCS group chats secure.
As per the report, the setting must be turned on for each user in RCS group chats to have real end-to-end encryption.
Google Messages’ RCS experience received end-to-end encryption for the first time since the feature went live globally in late 2020.
Group chats were not encrypted because at that time the more secure messaging was only available for face-to-face conversations.
Earlier, Messages rolled out an upgrade that added iOS emoji reactions.
With the update, the tech giant has bridged a huge gap between Android and iOS users. Before the update, emoji responses sent from an iPhone would be translated into text descriptions such as “liked an image” for example, rather than an actual button.
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