- Google announced that the Messages app is available worldwide, bringing RCS texting in markets that did not support it before.
- Messages is Google’s latest answer to Apple’s iMessage, offering almost the same suite of features.
- One notable difference concerns the end-to-end encryption, which is not available on Android. But Google says that it will start rolling it out in beta form this year.
iMessage is one of the best products Apple came up with since the introduction of the iPhone, a rich chat platform that replaced SMS messaging years ago. iMessage comes with end-to-end encryption that makes it impossible for anyone to access chat data, and works on all of Apple’s devices, including the iPad and Mac. iMessage doesn’t have Android support, and Google has been trying for years to create a compelling alternative. After many failures, Google finally launched its RCS messaging system that’s the closest Android has to an iMessage rival. RCS is supported by carriers, replaces regular text messaging, and comes with various features seen in iMessage and other popular instant messengers. But Messages by Google launched without end-to-end encryption support, which makes the app less secure than iMessage. Google is finally ready to fix all of that, and the company will soon start rolling out end-to-end encryption to users.
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