Google has finally rolled out a beta version of Magic Compose, a new Messages feature that uses artificial intelligence to help you compose text messages. However, as mentioned by Android Policefeature comes with a pretty big caveat: it will send “up to 20 previous messages” to Google’s servers to generate offers — even if you’re using RCS with end-to-end encryption (E2EE).
Google describes these terms on its own Magic Compose support page, noted that it will send these messages to its servers, along with any emoji, reactions, and URLs included, to help its AI craft an appropriate response. The company adds that it will not send any messages with attachments, voice messages or images, but notes that “image captions and audio recordings may be sent.”
Google first introduced E2EE in-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 if you send your messages to Google’s servers, the company still maintains that it can’t actually read them.
Google spokesman Justin Rende provided further clarification The Verge “Chat data used by Magic Compose is not stored” and “suggested responses are not stored after they are provided to the user”. After you turn off Magic Compose, Google won’t send your messages to their servers.
If you have access to this feature, you’ll see a chat bubble next to the app’s message composer. From there, you can select a suggested answer and then proceed to rewrite the text using different preset styles such as “cool”, “exciting” or “Shakespeare”. This feature seems to be available only with RCS messages for now and there is no word on when it will support SMS/MMS.
Microsoft has also introduced a similar feature In the SwiftKey keyboard app. It 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.