Sun. Jun 4th, 2023

Google has lastly began to roll out the beta of Magic Compose, its new Messages function that makes use of AI that will help you write textual content messages. Nevertheless, as identified by Android Police, the function comes with a reasonably large caveat: it’ll ship as much as “20 earlier messages” to Google’s servers to generate recommendations — even for those who’re utilizing RCS with end-to-end encryption (E2EE).

Google outlines these circumstances on its Magic Compose assist web page, noting that it’ll ship these messages, together with any included emoji, reactions, and URLs, to its servers to assist its AI craft an acceptable response. The corporate provides that it gained’t ship any messages with attachments, voice messages, and pictures however notes “picture captions and voice transcriptions could also be despatched.”

Google first rolled out E2EE on the app in 2020 and made it accessible for group chats late final 12 months. Toggling on the function means third events — not even Google — will see your messages. Whereas utilizing Magic Compose with E2EE will ship your messages to Google’s servers, the corporate maintains that it nonetheless can’t really learn them.

Google spokesperson Justin Rende additional clarified to The Verge that “dialog information utilized by Magic Compose will not be retained” and that “steered response outputs are usually not retained as soon as they’ve been supplied to the person.” When you flip Magic Compose off, Google gained’t ship your messages to its servers.

When you have entry to the function, you’ll see a chat bubble subsequent to the app’s message composer. From there, you possibly can choose a steered response after which proceed to rewrite the textual content utilizing varied preset types, like “chill,” “excited,” or “Shakespeare.” The function solely appears to be accessible with RCS messages for now, and there’s no phrase on when it’d assist SMS / MMS.

Microsoft additionally rolled out the same function in its keyboard app, SwiftKey. This lets you choose the Bing icon inside the app’s toolbar to compose textual content messages and emails, in addition to change the tone, format, and size of the steered messages.

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