Google has finally started rolling out the beta version of Magic Compose, its new Messages feature that uses artificial intelligence to help you write text messages. However, as pointed out by Android policeThe feature has one pretty major 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 emojis, reactions, and URLs included, 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 implemented E2EE on 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. While using Magic Compose with E2EE Want send your messages to Google’s servers, the company claims it can’t actually read them yet.
Google spokesperson Justin Rende further clarified a The limit that “conversation data used by Magic Compose is not preserved” and that “suggested response outputs are not preserved once they have been provided to the user”. Once Magic Compose is disabled, Google will no longer send your messages to its servers.
Magic Compose is just one of many AI-powered features that Google showed off at its I/O event earlier this month. According to Google, you can use the feature to reply to text messages using “suggested replies stylized with the context of your messages.” The feature is currently being rolled out to users on Google Messages beta program.
If you have access to the feature, you will see a speech bubble next to the app’s message composer. From there, you can choose a suggested response and then continue retyping the text using various preset styles, such as “relaxed,” “excited,” or “Shakespeare.” The feature appears to only be available with RCS Messages for now, and there’s no word on when it might support SMS/MMS.
Microsoft has also implemented a similar feature in its keyboard app, SwiftKey. This allows you to select the Bing icon in the app’s toolbar to compose text messages and emails, as well as change the tone, format and length of suggested messages.
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