Just yesterday we reported that future CyanogenMod builds will come with the Privacy Guard feature. Initially known as Incognito Mode for Apps, Privacy Guard safeguards the user’s data from apps, it even spoofs an app to believe that GPS has been disabled. Koushik Dutta of CyanogenMode team is now working on a new plugin that will bring secure, device to device push messaging to those Android devices that run this popular custom ROM. It is currently a work in progress, and it is not known when this plugin will be added to future CyanogenMod ROMs.
In his Google+ post, Koushik says that they have derived inspiration from iMessage, which encrypts messages between iOS users and reverts to SMS if needed. The new plugin that’s being built will function like iMessage does, messages between CyanogenMod running devices will be encrypted and since the plugin will be built in to the framework, it will work with third party SMS apps as well. He describes the plugin as encruption and authenticity for text messages that’s built in to the system. Soliciting discussion, thoughts and feedback, Koushik says that the plugin is not yet ready for active testing.