End-to-End Encryption Feature Comes to Google Messages

Conversations, or message content, are private. So Google needs to do something to safeguard its users’ private messages.

As Techcrunch reports, Google Messages has a new feature by adding end-to-end encryption to the Messages application. This feature makes it difficult for anyone, to read message content, even law enforcers

Google’s move to add end-to-end encryption is part of an upgrade from SMS to the Rich Communication Services (RCS) standard. End-to-end encryption, starting with one-on-one RCS conversations between people using Messages.

Drew Rowny, Product Lead Messages, in a post on Google’s official blog, revealed that the end-to-end encryption feature will be rolled out for beta testing starting this month and continuing into next year. Over the past few years, Rowny said, Google has been working with the mobile industry and device makers on several operator networks to provide chat features in the Messaging application based on the RCS standard.

The chat feature enhances SMS text messaging so that users can send and receive better quality photos and videos, chat via Wi-Fi or data, know when your messages have been read, share reactions, and enjoy more dynamic and engaging group chats.

End-to-end encryption is only available if both the user and the person being sent the message have Messages installed and chat features turned on. After that, the user’s conversation will be automatically upgraded to end-to-end encrypted.

Scheduling send message trial, the application will display four time options options. End-to-end encryption is available on several services, such as Facebook’s WhatsApp, as well as Telegram