- Jun 14, 2011
It's no secret that SMS is an aging standard — in fact, much of the last fifteen years of smartphones have centered on trying to replace it. While much of the world has moved beyond basic text messages, relying on third-party apps like WhatsApp or Signal, those of us in the US aren't so lucky. Google has spent the last few years pushing RCS as the worthy replacement — all while trying to persuade a certain company to adopt it. In honor of SMS's 30th anniversary, Android users are starting get a long-awaited security feature.
Today, Google announced that end-to-end encryption for group chats is entering beta testing, ensuring anyone enrolled in the Play Store program will gain a more secure experience very soon. This plan comes nearly seven months after Google announced encrypted group chats on stage at I/O, and weeks after users spotted glitched messages and strings of code pointing to an upcoming launch.