Google Messages Magic Compose feature is rolling out for beta testers

Are you ready to use Google Messages Magic Compose feature when texting? Whether you’re ready or not, this feature is already in beta testing (for US Google One subscribers) and will be rolling out to global audiences shortly. Google will use this feature to transform the way you chat with your family and friends via RCS messages.

This new messaging feature adds the capabilities of the Bard AI model to your chat experience. With this, the Google Messages app offers more than just suggested answers during chats. Depending on your choice, messages can be composed for you in different styles.

That sounds like a very interesting feature to use when chatting with friends via RCS messages. If you don’t have to type all the messages yourself, you can simply use the Google Messages Magic Compose feature to reply to messages. But are there any side effects to letting this AI-powered feature do the texting for you?

Details on Google Messages Magic Compose which is currently in beta testing

At the Google I/O event a few weeks ago, this new messaging feature took the spotlight. Google has demonstrated how this feature can be used when texting family and friends. An intriguing aspect of this feature is that it can rewrite responses into song lyrics while users are chatting with others.

Only those who use RCS messages while chatting through Google Message app can access this feature. It appears as a pencil icon and is accessible when a user taps the chat bubble icon in the input field. This invokes the Smart Reply feature already available to RCS messaging users.

With Google Messages Magic Compose, messages can be rewritten in up to seven styles. Depending on what a user wants, they can have their answers rewritten in the following styles: Remix, Excited, Chill, Shakespeare, Lyrical, Formal, and Short. These styles can help spice up how our responses sound to the person reading them.

Users can choose the one that best fits the conversation from a variety of rewritten replies for all styles. When chatting with a colleague, the formal style is a good choice. But if you chat with a literature professor, Shakespearean style might give you a few extra notes.

However, there are some concerns that using this feature will disable end-to-end encryption (E2EE) of Google Messages chats. This is because the Google server needs to access most of your recent messages to get the context of the conversation and then offer a reply. If true, it poses a threat to users’ privacy. However, there is currently no official statement on how safe it is to use this feature.

Would you risk your security and let Bard AI reply to messages for you, or would you type messages yourself and ensure the privacy of your chats? Whichever choice you make, it’s important to know that this feature is already in beta testing (for US Google One subscribers). The global launch will take place in the coming weeks via an update to the Google Messages app.

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May 30, 2023