In collaboration with Sunbird, Nothing launched the Nothing Chat messaging platform final week to interrupt down the messaging barrier between Android and iOS gadgets. The messaging app permits Nothing Telephone 2 customers to ship and obtain texts through iMessage and allows messages to seem as blue bubbles in iMessage. It helps texting through RCS protocol to different Android telephones together with SMS and MMS. Nonetheless, since its announcement, many customers have raised issues in regards to the service’s safety and privateness points. Now, the UK startup led by Carl Pei has pulled the beta for its new messaging app from the Google Play Retailer because of privateness issues.
there’s nothing drawn The Nothing Chat beta from the Google Play Retailer says it is “delaying the launch till additional discover to work with Sunbird to repair a number of bugs”. The corporate has not mounted bugs or addressed any privateness points
Now we have eliminated the Nothing Chat beta from the Play Retailer and can delay the launch till additional discover to work with Sunbird to repair a number of bugs.
We apologize for the delay and can repair it by our customers.
– nothing) November 18, 2023
It was eliminated after customers extensively criticized the system for sending Apple ID credentials over HTTP as a substitute of the safer HTTPS. Customers should log in with their Apple ID by the Nothing Chat app to make use of iMessage providers. This routes the login by a Mac positioned in a distant server farm Kishan Bagaria, founding father of Texts.com, took to X to name the app “extremely insecure” and claimed that messages despatched with Sunbird’s system aren’t end-to-end encrypted and depend on a BlueBubbles-powered backend.
The textual content crew took a fast take a look at the know-how behind a few of the chats and located it to be extremely insecure
It does not even use HTTPS, credentials are despatched over plaintext HTTP
The backend is operating an occasion of BlueBubbles, which doesn’t but assist end-to-end encryption. pic.twitter.com/IcWyIbKE86
— Kishan Bagria (@kishanbagria) November 17, 2023
Moreover, Dylan Russell (@evowizz) indicated Sunbird has entry to each message despatched and obtained by the app in your machine. Nothing Chat and all paperwork (photographs, movies, audios, PDFs, Vicards…) despatched through Sunbird are public.
In the meantime, one other X consumer wukko(@uwukko) post Nothing Chat searches App Sentry because it sends all messages and media attachments. Additional, “all” knowledge is distributed and saved by Firebase and is absolutely unencrypted.
Nothing Chat app has been developed to carry iMessage assist to Android. It permits blue bubble conversations from an Android telephone with iMessage customers and helps RCS (Wealthy Communication Providers) between appropriate gadgets. The app additionally will get options like end-to-end encryption, group messaging, dwell typing hints, high-resolution media sharing, learn and supply receipts and suggestions together with suggestions, that are claimed to be coming sooner or later.