RCS is preparing Google for the availability of the service

Although we have heard that the RCS (Rich Communication Services) protocol will replace SMS, in fact the use of the service was almost impossible due to the complicated policy of mobile providers and telephone companies.

Όμως όπως φαίνεται η Google βρήκε λύση: αργότερα αυτό το μήνα, οι χρήστες του Android στο Ηνωμένο Βασίλειο και τη Γαλλία θα μπορούν να επιλέξουν υπηρεσίες ς RCS που παρέχεται απευθείας από την Google, αντί από τους παρόχους τηλεφωνίας.

For the first time, Google will offer a default text messaging experience directly to Android users instead of waiting for mobile providers. It's not the same Google service as Apple iMessage for Android users, but it's very close.

The biggest problem with RCS is that messages are still not encrypted end-to-end like iMessage, WhatsApp and Signal that are secured this way. Even Facebook (!) Has stated that it will make all applications encrypted by default.

But there is a hope. Android's messaging product manager Sanaz Ahari says Google recognizes the need for private chat on RCS and is working on it:

We fundamentally believe that communication, and in particular the exchange of messages, is highly personal and users have a right to privacy in their communications. We are fully committed to finding a solution for our users.

RCS Rich Communication Services

Έτσι αν διαθέτετε μια συσκευή με Android, ο χρόνος διάθεσης του RCS είναι κοντά. Η Google αναφέρει ότι θα διαθέσει την υπηρεσία σε περισσότερες χώρες “καθ ‘όλη τη του έτους”, αλλά δεν δεσμεύεται  ότι θα κυκλοφορήσει σε όλες τις χώρες.

As with everything related to Google's messaging strategy in general and Rich Communication Services (RCS) in particular, nothing is done with the speed or clarity we would like. But it will eventually happen although there are not many details at the moment.

How Google's RCS service will work

Το RCS είναι το πρωτόκολλο σύνταξης κειμένου της επόμενης γενιάς που έχουν συμφωνήσει οι περισσότεροι πάροχοι κινητής σε όλο τον κόσμο. Τελικά θα έρθει για να αντικαταστήσει το SMS. Προσφέρει τα περισσότερα από τα χαρακτηριστικά που θα περιμένατε από μια σύγχρονη ανταλλαγής μηνυμάτων, όπως τα αποδεικτικά ανάγνωσης, και λοιπά (αν και, πάλι, δεν θα διαθέτει end to end κρυπτογράφηση). Η εφαρμογή Μηνυμάτων Android της Google θα αναφέρεται στο RCS σαν  “Συνομιλία” ή “Chat.”

The process will be opt-in. That is: When users open the Android Messaging application, they will be able to choose between the old service or the upgrade to the Chat RCS service.

This will also apply to new phones. RCS Chat will come as the default app and will be offered to every Android user, but for now it will not be the default.

The new service will be available in the UK and France this month, and later to all Android users.

So if at some point you get a prompt to change the service, click Yes to enable Google RCS. Then if you see a "Chat" application and you will be able to talk to someone else who has RCS.
Τα μηνύματα θα είναι κρυπτογραφημένα κατά την , αλλά δεν θα είναι πλήρως κρυπτογραφημένα end to end. Έτσι ο πάροχος RCS (η Google δηλαδή) θα μπορεί να δει το περιεχόμενο των μηνυμάτων σας και να τα δώσει στην κυβέρνηση, ή να τα χρησιμοποιήσει για δικό της συμφέρον.

Google of course states that it will delete them from its servers as soon as they are delivered to your phone.


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