We’ve all been there. You will receive a video sent via standard text messages and it is the most grainy piece of garbage you have ever seen. That may soon change for Android users as Google has announced that it is rolling out its Rich Communication Services (RCS) standard globally. The even bigger news is that the company is working on adding end-to-end (E2E) encryption to the service, albeit in beta form.
RCS is a huge upgrade from standard text messaging as it works over Wi-Fi or cellular data and provides better quality when sending photos or videos. You also get more enhanced features such as read receipts and vastly improved group chats. The best thing about RCS is that you can use the service even if you don̵
Chat features upgrade text messages so you can send and receive better quality photos and videos, chat over Wi-Fi or data, know when your message is being read, share responses, and enjoy more dynamic and engaging group chats.
And while it’s not available to everyone today, Google is starting beta testing the E2E encoding. This means that any conversations you have with the service will remain private and secure, accessible only to you and the person you are chatting with. The company says it will initially start with one-on-one discussions, presumably with group chats.
End-to-end encryption ensures that no one, including Google and third parties, can read the content of your messages while they are being read between your phone and the phone of the person you’re messaging.
This is good news everywhere. If you and your friend both have an Android device and a carrier that supports RCS, you will get a huge boost in your messaging experience. And if you’re living on the edge, you can join the RCS beta program here. Once accepted, all your one-to-one conversations are automatically upgraded with E2E.
Unfortunately, you don’t get RCS when using an iPhone. That does not matter as much as since you’re probably using iMessage, which is similar to RCS in many ways. Although iMessage is only available to iPhone users. Unfortunately, this means that Android users and iPhone users will still lose the best features of their respective messaging services when messaging each other.