Google is taking significant steps to improve the privacy and user experience on its messaging app, Google Messages. The company is set to introduce two major features that will bring the app up to par with other popular messaging platforms.
End-to-End Encryption for Group Chats: End-to-end encryption was only introduced to Google Messages in 2021, but the company is now taking it a step further by enabling the feature for group chats with up to 100 participants. Prior to this, the maximum number of users supported was 21. With end-to-end encryption, messages are encrypted and only decrypted by the intended recipient, ensuring that the contents of the messages are protected from interception. This feature will give users peace of mind, knowing that their chats are secure, especially in group chats.
User Profiles: User profiles have long been a staple feature in IM apps, and it’s about time that Google brought the feature to Messages. A Redditor discovered evidence of a profiles menu in the app, which will include options for profile sharing, profile visibility, and contact-related notifications. This feature will make it easier for users to identify each other in chats and will also give users the option to hide their personal details if they choose to.
With these two features, Google is taking steps to bring the Messages app up to speed with other popular messaging apps. It’s great to see the company putting a focus on privacy and security, especially in group chats. Whether it’s for school, work, or personal use, Google Messages is set to be a more secure and modern experience for users.