135 – After WhatsApp, now Google planning to bring end-to-end encryption for group chats in messaging app


Privacy continues to be a buzzword on social media sites and messaging apps, whether WhatsApp, Telegram or any other app. WhatsApp already claims that messages are end-to-end encrypted and cannot be accessed by third parties. It says it’s testing group chat and will make it available to select users in an open beta program in the coming weeks.

According to the blog post, this feature encrypts one-to-one texts sent using Messages by Google, so they’re private, secure, and only visible to the sender and recipient. . “RCS not only makes texting safer, but it also improves the experience,” he said in a blog post.

According to Google, SMS texting lacks a lot of what a smartphone can do, but with RCS you can send and receive high-quality photos and videos, view real-time typing indicators to read receipts, and more. You can name your group conversations and add or remove contacts. Group chat, and text via Wi-Fiathis list followed.

Google has encouraged manufacturers and carriers to use RCS. RCS is an enhanced version of SMS that includes features such as typing indicators, delivery and read receipts.

It also launched a campaign to persuade Apple to adopt the standard for its own messaging app.

“Today, all major mobile carriers and manufacturers have adopted RCS as a standard, with the exception of Apple. We have continued to rely on SMS to message users who have been in the 1990s,” said Neena Budhiraja, Group Product Manager for Messages Apps, in a blog post.

“Hopefully Apple can #GetTheMessage so we don’t have to keep waiting to remove the whole Ace Green and Blue bubble,” he added.

(with IANS input)