Android The agency cites a Redditor who ‘surprised’ received an encrypted message on the Google Messages app in a group of 20 people. It was later found that end-to-end encryption for group chats was enabled through Google Messages. Reportedly, to get end-to-end encryption when texting in groups, every member must have end-to-end encryption enabled.
It is also reported that the feature may be in early beta. As reported by 9to5google, in May, Google announced that the messaging app would be end-to-end encrypted for RCS group chats later this year but in open beta.
It should be noted that Google introduced end-to-end encryption for RCS on Google Messages in 2020, however, encryption is currently only for one-on-one chats. Furthermore, encryption is supported on the new RCS messaging standard, which became available to all Android users two years ago.
Google has brought a lot of changes to the default messaging app in recent weeks. Earlier this week, it was reported to have added Signal-like indicators instead of the Sending, Sent, Sent and Read indicators.
The app now shows one check mark for Sent Messages and two checkmarks for those not sent to everyone in the group. In group messages, specific mentions of people who have viewed the message will be seen or a simple “Read All” indicator. In live chats, two checkmark indicators filled with a circle will be seen below Message Read.
Furthermore, Google Messages added emoji reactions to SMS and MMS messages last week. Users are also starting to see icons for both Google Messages and Google Contacts application.