Google is working to improve its RCS texting system on the Messages app by adding read receipts and end-to-end encryption.
Google Improving RCS Texting System on Messages App with Read Receipts and Encryption
The recent beta version of the app includes delivery and read indicators in the checkmark style, but it has only been accessible to a limited number of beta testers. However, the upgrade is now being rolled out to a larger audience.
Google Beta Testing New Delivery Indicators for Messages App
In October 2022, Google began beta testing a replacement for the Messages app’s Sent, Delivered, and Read delivery indicators. A single indication displays for sent messages, two indicators appear side by side for delivered messages, and the checkmarks fill in when the text is read. The iconography-based replacements are circles with checkmarks, which have been appearing in the Messages app for an increasing number of beta testers lately.
The wider distribution of the new message delivery indicators will bring the Messages app closer to feature parity with competing services and could eventually overtake popular instant messaging services like Signal, WhatsApp, and Telegram. However, Google’s RCS system is currently incompatible with Apple’s messaging system.
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RCS (Rich Communication Services) is a protocol for improving traditional SMS text messaging, providing a more feature-rich and interactive experience for users.
Google is working to add read receipts and end-to-end encryption to the Messages app, as well as a new delivery indicator system.
Google began beta testing the new delivery indicators in October 2022.
The new delivery indicator system uses a single indication for sent messages, two indicators side by side for delivered messages, and checkmarks that fill in when the text is read.
Currently, Google’s RCS system is incompatible with Apple’s messaging system.