An overview of the new Google Messages update indicates it could be getting closer to providing end-to-end RCS encryption, according to Google 9to5 (via APKMirror). Rich communication services, or RCS, are the successor to SMS messaging and are doing what most other text messaging services do, but without the end-to - end encryption apps like Signal and iMessage have.Its widespread adoption was a little chaotic, but the major cellular carriers in the United States announced late last year that they would be selling RCS by 2020.

Google first launched RCS chat as the new messaging tool for Android in 2018, and revealed it was finally rolling it out to users in the US in November.

An internal Google Messages v. 6.2 has multiple lines of code providing hints to possible future features of the app, including 12 new strings relating to encryption, according to Google's 9to5 review. There is insufficient information available to decide whether the sender and receiver of text in Messages will need to use the software to allow end-to - end encryption.The code updates indicate a setting that could allow users to determine whether to allow other Android apps that have access to messages to also see encrypted messages.There's no way to say whether or when the end-to - end encryption functionality Google will ever launch. Yet recently the company said it was working on it and it seems likely to happen.