Google Magic Compose beta is here, but it sends your messages to Google

by The Insights

Google has finally started rolling out the beta version of Magic Compose, its new Messages feature that uses AI to help you compose text messages. However, as pointed out android fontthe feature comes with a pretty big caveat: it will send up to “20 previous messages” to Google’s servers to generate suggestions, even if you’re using RCS with end-to-end encryption (E2EE).

Google outlines these terms on its Magic Compose support page, noting that it will send these messages, along with any included emoji, reactions, and URLs, to its servers to help its AI craft an appropriate response. The company adds that it won’t send any messages with attachments, voicemails and pictures, but notes that “picture captions and voice transcripts may be sent.”

Google first rolled out E2EE to the app in 2020 and made it available for group chats late last year. Enabling the feature means that third parties – not even Google – will see your messages. When using Magic Compose with E2EE will be send your messages to Google’s servers, the company says it still can’t read them.

Google spokesperson Justin Rende clarified The edge that “conversation data used by Magic Compose is not retained” and that “suggested response results are not retained once provided to the user”. Once you have disabled Magic Compose, Google will no longer send your messages to its servers.

If you have access to the feature, you will see a chat bubble next to the app’s message composer. From there, you can choose a suggested answer and then continue to rewrite the text using various predefined styles, such as “chill”, “excited” or “Shakespeare”. The feature only seems to be available with RCS messages for now, and it’s unclear when it might support SMS/MMS.

Microsoft has also rolled out a similar feature in its keyboard app, SwiftKey. This lets you select the Bing icon from the app toolbar to compose text messages and emails, as well as change the tone, format, and length of suggested messages.

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