For the final a number of years, Google has been pushing a brand new communications protocol referred to as Wealthy Communication Companies, or RCS. RCS is designed to interchange SMS, the present textual content message normal, and it gives help for greater decision photographs and movies, audio messages, greater file sizes, higher encryption, improved group chat, and extra.
Verizon today announced that it’s planning to undertake Messages by Google as its default messaging service on Android gadgets, becoming a member of AT&T and T-Cell. Meaning all three main carriers in america will help the RCS normal on Android gadgets as of 2022.
When RCS sees a whole Android rollout, textual content messages on Android telephones will probably be end-to-end encrypted. iPhone to iPhone communications are end-to-end encrypted because of iMessage, however with this alteration, texts between Android customers and iPhone customers will probably be much less safe due to Apple’s resolution to proceed to make use of SMS over RCS.
Hiroshi Lockheimer, senior vp of Android, informed The Verge that Android vs. iPhone messaging safety will turn out to be an vital dialogue with the broader adoption of RCS. “The fallback messaging expertise on the opposite platform is not going to have encryption if it is nonetheless SMS,” he stated. “I feel that that could be a fairly fascinating dynamic and I might hope that as everybody focuses on safety and privateness it turns into an vital a part of the dialogue.”
Lockheimer didn’t present particulars on whether or not Google is discussing RCS with Apple, however Apple has been invited to undertake the RCS normal. Apple has declined to touch upon RCS, and there is no signal that Apple plans to undertake it within the close to future.
Now that each one three main carriers within the U.S. are supporting RCS, Apple could also be extra inclined to think about the know-how to make cross-platform messaging safer.