Google has finally started rolling out the beta of Magic Compose, its new Messages feature that uses AI to compose text messages. However, as suggested by Android PoliceThe feature has a pretty big caveat: it sends up to “20 previous messages” to Google’s servers to generate suggestions — even if you’re using RCS end-to-end encryption (E2EE).
Google lists these scenarios on its Magic Compose support page, noting that it sends these messages along with any emoji, responses and URLs to its servers to help the AI create an appropriate response. The company added that it will not send any messages with attachments, voicemails and images, but notes that “image captions and audio recordings may be sent.”
Google first released E2EE on the app in 2020 and made it available for group chats late last year. Toggling the feature means third parties — not even Google — will see your messages. While using Magic Compose with E2EE will do Send your messages to Google’s servers, which the company still expects to be unable to read properly.
Google spokesperson Justin Rende gave further explanation Verge “Conversation data used by Magic Compose is not saved” and “suggested response results are not retained after they are presented to the user.” Once you turn off Magic Compose, Google will no longer send your messages to its servers.
If you have access to the feature, you’ll see a chat bubble next to the app’s message manager. From there, you can choose a suggested response and then continue to rewrite the text using different presets such as “cool”, “excited” or “Shakespeare”. The feature seems to only be available with RCS messages for now, and there’s no word on when it will support SMS/MMS.
Microsoft has also rolled out a similar feature on its SwiftKey keyboard. This lets you 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.