Google introduced that RCS is now the default in Messages by Google, as is encryption for each particular person and group chats.
RCS is the successor to SMS, offering options on par with Apple’s iMessage and going far past what conventional SMS can do. its options embody group administration, file sharing, learn receipts, end-to-end encryption, and extra.
Google has been pushing RCS adoption, and is now making it the default in Messages, in response to a assist doc:
RCS is the fashionable business commonplace for dynamic and safe messaging. And now, your entire RCS conversations in Messages by Google are end-to-end encrypted, together with group chats, which retains them non-public between you and the folks you’re messaging.
To make sure extra folks profit from this added safety, RCS will now be enabled by default for brand new and current customers*, until they’ve beforehand turned RCS off in Settings. You’ll be able to at all times flip RCS on or off in Settings at any time.