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Technology end-to-end encryption: Google wants to eliminate serious RCS disadvantage

13:46  25 may  2020
13:46  25 may  2020 Source:   t3n.de

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Google . RCS is supposed to be the spiritual successor to classic SMS and MMS texting, but the lack of built-in encryption puts a damper on that — someone could theoretically The 9to5 Google crew has found evidence of plans to add end - to - end encryption to RCS conversations in Google Messages.

RCS is supposed to be the spiritual successor to classic SMS and MMS texting, but the lack of built-in encryption puts a damper on that — someone could theoretically snoop The 9to5 Google crew has found evidence of plans to add end - to - end encryption to RCS conversations in Google Messages.

Ende-zu-Ende-Verschlüsselung: Google will gravierenden RCS-Nachteil beseitigen © Shutterstock end-to-end encryption: Google wants to eliminate serious RCS disadvantage

There are indications that Google is at an end-to-end Encryption works for RCS messages. This would give the previously unsuccessful SMS successor a security function that has long been standard with a large part of the messaging competition.

The US blog 9to5Google claims to have found indications of an end-to-end encryption of RCS messages in an internal pre-release version of Google Messages. In the pre-release version, there should also be indications that users can determine whether the encrypted messages can also be read by apps that normally have access to SMS. It is currently unclear whether and when the function will be generally available.

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Where RCS lags behind is security in terms of end - to - end encryption which is provided by iMessage. Furthermore, initially, both the sender and the receiver may require to use the Google message app for using RCS in an encrypted manner which could change with future updates, it said.

Where RCS lags behind is security in terms of end - to - end encryption which is provided by iMessage. Furthermore, initially, both the sender and the receiver may require to use the Google message app for using RCS in an encrypted manner which could change with future updates, it said.

With end-to-end encryption, a message is only decrypted at the recipient and accordingly cannot be read out by third parties on the transmission path. Signal, Whatsapp or iMessage have been using end-to-end encryption for years. With the introduction of the function, RCS would lose one of the biggest disadvantages of the system so far and would catch up with the messaging competition.

What is RCS?

RCS stands for Rich Communication Services and was designed by the mobile phone industry as a successor to SMS and MMS. RCS supports group chats, voice messages, file transfers and other functions that users are now used to from a messaging service.

In Germany, the major network operators tried to establish RCS under the Joyn brand name, later Telekom, Vodafone and O2 then used the term "Message Plus". However, all three network providers have now stopped developing their own apps. Now it is primarily Google that wants to help RCS achieve success through the Messages app, which is integrated in Android.

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End - to - End Encrypted Rich Communication Service message

But it appears that the Google Messages app will soon enable end - to - end encryption for RCS messages. The strings make it clear that users can send end - to - end encrypted RCS messages, but in case their connection is poor, they can fall back to the legacy SMS or MMS standard.

In many markets, however, network providers showed very little interest in the messaging standard. In Great Britain and France , Google is now using its own RCS servers, since the group apparently did not want to wait for comprehensive support from the network operators. And even on Google's US home market, the large mobile network operators were only able to agree to make RCS available to all customers in 2020.

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