The firm did unveil a significant new feature coming to Google Messages, even though it wasn’t discussed on stage during Google I/O 2022 today. Google Messages will include end-to-end encryption for RCS group chats later this year.
As the new messaging standard became accessible to all Android users worldwide in late 2020, Google Communications first implemented support for end-to-end encryption on RCS messages. The company also stated at the time that group chats would ultimately include encryption, as it was initially only available for 1:1 talks.
Google confirmed the end-to-end encryption will be rolled out for RCS group conversations in Google Messages later this year in an email sent to members of the press, including us and Android Police , who first brought the upgrade to our attention. However, it’s important to note that this functionality won’t just go live for everyone right now but will instead start as an open beta.
End-to-end encryption for group talks will be made available in open beta for Messages later this year. Encryption is already available in Messages for one-on-one communications.
We are still a long way from Google Messages enabling full encryption, which the company is praising so loudly and hoping Apple to support, but development is definitely moving forward.