Google is working on end-to-end encryption for its Messaging app

Google plans to test end-to-end encryption in Android messages		
	Zack Whittaker

		9 hours

"We recognize that your conversations are private and it's our responsibility to keep your personal information safe", Drew Rowny, Google's Product Lead for Messages said in a blog.

Google is offering RCS chat services to all Android users with Google's Messages app directly.

"Now anyone using Messages around the world has access to modern chat features either from their carrier or directly from Google", said Google. "End-to-end encryption ensures that no one, including Google and third parties, can read the content of your messages as they travel between your phone and the phone of the person you're messaging".

To mark the global availability, Google also announced the beta rollout of of end-to-end encryption for Android Messages starting with one-on-one conversations.

The updated data protection protocol, which will render Android users' messages only readable by the sender and recipient, will initially be available in beta this month, and those interested in participating in testing will have to sign up, Google said. The E2EE feature is now not available for SMS/MMS as well as in group messaging. Google too can not read the messages in transit.

"For the past few years, we've worked with the mobile industry and device makers on several carrier networks in certain countries to provide chat features in Messages based on the open Rich Communication Services (RCS) standard", said Google. Apple iMessages too come with support for end-to-end encryption. RCS features include improved video and photo quality, seeing when chats are read, sending and receiving messages over WiFI, improved group chat capabilities and sending reactions to messages. Once end-to-end encryption is available more broadly for Android users, Google will implement it by default, according to The Verge.



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