The arrival of iMessage on Android is something that many have been waiting for for many years. Solutions emerge, but never come to fruition, and there is often a lack of formal support or support from other fields. Nothing wanted to change that with Nothing Chats, but the app ended up being removed from the Play Store due to serious security issues.
Launched last Friday, Nothing Chat promises to bring Apple's exclusive messaging service to Android, exclusively to the Nothig Phone (2). iMessage is a differentiator between iOS and Android, and Apple insists on keeping it for its own devices.
To achieve this, Nothing collaborated with Sunbird and leveraged a solution that was already unveiled last year. This requires nothing more than an Apple ID and app installation. Everything should be transmitted to a central point securely and with point-to-point encryption. This prevented messages from being read or changed.
The truth is that this supposed security does not exist, and as we explained earlier, messages are circulated in the clear (in HTTP). Sunbird I have already reacted For this situation and to ensure that although it is generalized in HTTP, it is not accessible or readable, being just an initial request in the connection.
However, due to these supposed security issues, nothing decided to take the expected action. It removed the Nothing Chats app from the Play Store, which was still in beta, and postponed its formal and official launch until a later time.
It also didn't reveal anything that it would use this time to improve its proposal and resolve some bugs that still exist. Moreover, as expected, it will solve the associated security problem. For this they will also rely on Sunbird's help.
And with Apple guaranteeing that it will adopt the RCS protocol for messaging, a solution may not be necessary. It's a different service, but it probably has a lot of what's needed, without requiring any changes or apps on Android.
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