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Google enables end-to-end encryption for Android’s default SMS/RCS app

Google enables end-to-end encryption for Android’s default SMS/RCS app

Google has announced that end-to-end encryption is rolling out to users of Google Messages, Android's default SMS and RCS app. The feature has been in testing for months, and now it's coming to everyone. Encryption in Google Messages works only if both users are on the service. Both users must also be in a 1:1 chat (no group chats allowed), and they both must have RCS turned on. RCS was supposed to be a replacement for SMS—an on-by-default, carrier-driven text messaging standard.

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