iMessage is one of the best platforms that Apple ever made -- an SMS replacement that might do more for keeping iPhone users loyal to iOS than any other app. It works across devices (iPhone, iPad, and Mac), it’s encrypted, and it seamlessly handles the transition between regular texting and the rich instant messaging experience we all want. Best of all, carriers have no say in or control over iMessage.
This brings us to Android, where Google has tried and failed for years to find a decent iMessage alternative. The best chance of that ever coming to pass is RCS (Rich Communication Services), which Google and carriers want to use instead of SMS. Unfortunately, not only is RCS not end-to-end encrypted like iMessage, but it turns out that it’s also a nightmare when it comes to other user data security and privacy practices.
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Google’s RCS messaging could rival iMessage, but for now it’s a security nightmare originally appeared on BGR.com on Fri, 29 Nov 2019 at 15:37:12 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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