RCS protocol works over Wi-Fi connectivity, and it provides users a very interesting and ‘rich’ communication experience on Android devices via Google Messages. It allows users to have group chats, video and audio calls, a read-receipt for messages, a high definition quality of images and videos, and a lot more features that we see in iMessage, WhatsApp, or Signal messaging apps.
Google had rolled out the RCS protocol for its Messages app for a limited number of countries, including the UK, Mexico, and France. But now, Google has made an announcement recently. The RCS protocol is going to be available for all the Android users who use Google’s Messages app as their primary messaging service. The RCS protocol is going to be a permanent feature of Google’s Messages app until the user either change the settings or chooses to use the normal SMS/MMS in the phone.
Apart from this, Google has announced to make this RCS protocol and chat completely end-to-end encrypted just like we have this security protocol in WhatsApp and Signal apps.
Google is going to roll out the end-to-end encryption for RCS chat in beta versions of its Messages app somewhere around December 2020. It looks like this feature will be available for a limited number of beta-testers for a while. It will probably be launched on a wider scale in 2021. Let us wait and see how the features turn out to be once they are officially rolled out in the stable versions of the Messages app by Google.
This post was written by Arooj Ahmed and was first posted to Digital Information World
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