Google has begun rolling out its Magic Compose beta, a new Messages feature which uses AI for text message composition. Android Police has pointed out that the feature is not without a caveat. It will send “up to 20 previous messages” to Google servers in order to generate suggestions, even if your RCS encryption is end-to-end.
Google details these conditions in its support page. It notes that these messages will be sent to Google’s servers, along with any emojis, reactions and URLs included, to help AI create an appropriate response. The company also states that it will not send messages with images, voice messages or attachments. However, “image captions” and “voice transcriptions” may be sent.
Google rolled out E2EE in the app for 2020. was made available to group chats at the end of last year. By turning on the feature, third parties – not even Google – will be able to see your messages. Google claims that even though Magic Compose with E2EE will transmit your messages to Google servers, it can’t read them.
Google’s Justin Rende clarified in an article that “conversational data used by Magic Compose will not be retained,” and that “suggested responses are not retained after they have been provided to users.”
Magic Compose was just one of many AI-powered features Google showcased at its I/O conference earlier this month. Google says that you can use this feature to reply text messages with “stylized and suggested responses that are contextually relevant to your message.” This feature is rolling out now to Google Messages Beta program users.
You’ll notice a chat bubble beside the message composer if you have the feature enabled. You can then choose a suggested reply and continue to rewrite your text in various pre-set styles like “chill,” or “excited,” and “Shakespeare.”
Microsoft has also added a similar feature to its SwiftKey keyboard app. You can select the Bing icon in the toolbar of the app to compose emails and text messages.