Google Fi is fi-nally getting end-to-end encryption for phone calls (on Android) To avoid potential confusion or misunderstandings, a bunch of new “audio and visual cues” will make it crystal clear both before engaging in and during end-to-end encrypted calls that you’re wholly and entirely protected from spying ears. Namely, look for a lock symbol and straightforward “Encrypted by Google Fi” text on your phone’s screen or be aware of a “unique ringing tone” to make sure the functionality is indeed up and running. Obviously, the feature itself is hardly groundbreaking, as Google points out by highlighting that end-to-end encryption has become an “industry standard” in recent years for messaging apps.
If you’re concerned about the privacy of your voice chats, Google offers a new technique to ensure that no one (even Google) may listen in on your calls. Of course, the search giant can only manage so much, so the recently announced end-to-end encryption feature will only be available on the company’s own Fi MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) in the “coming weeks.” For everything to operate as claimed, both the caller and the callee must be Google Fi subscribers and utilise Android phones to begin with. There isn’t much to the technology that Big G hopes to implement soon, and all you need to know is that everything discussed during completely encrypted one-on-one meetings will be kept private.
Slowly but surely, things are moving in the right direction from a privacy and security perspective as far as voice services are concerned as well, thanks to the likes of Facebook and now Google. The search giant’s Duo app actually launched with built-in end-to-end encryption for audio and video calls all the way back in 2016, so if anything, we’re surprised it took so long to implement this for Fi users.