Nothing Chat app removed from Google Play Store amid widespread privacy concerns

Nothing launched the Nothing Chats messaging platform last week in collaboration with Sunbird to break down messaging barriers between Android and iOS devices. Messaging app Nothing Phone 2 allows users to send and receive texts via iMessage, causing messages to appear as blue bubbles on iMessage. It also supports SMS and MMS as well as texting over the RCS protocol on other Android phones. However, since its announcement, many users have expressed concerns over the service’s security and privacy issues. Now, the Carl Pei-led UK startup has pulled the beta for its new messaging app from the Google Play Store due to privacy concerns.

There’s nothing pulled The Google Play Store says the Nothing Chats beta is “delaying launch until further notice to work with Sunbird to fix several bugs”. The company did not specify the bugs or address any privacy issues.

It was removed after users widely criticized the system for transmitting Apple ID credentials via HTTP rather than the more secure HTTPS. To use iMessage services, users are required to log in with their Apple ID through the Nothing Chats app. This routes the login through a MAC located in the remote server farm. Texts.com founder Kishan Bagaria called the app “extremely insecure” to X, claiming that messages sent with Sunbird’s system are not end-to-end encrypted and that it relies on a Bluebubbles-powered backend.

Additionally, Dylan Roussel (@evowizz) sharp Sunbird has access to every message sent and received through the app on your device. All documents (images, videos, audios, PDFs, vCards…) sent via Nothing Chats and Sunbird are public.

Meanwhile, another Posted The bottom line is that the Nothing Chats app sends all messages and media attachments to Sentry. Furthermore, “all” data is sent and stored through Firebase, and it is also completely unencrypted.

The Nothing Chats app was created to bring iMessage support to Android. It allows Blue Bubble conversations from Android phones with iMessage users and also supports RCS (Rich Communication Services) between compatible devices. The app also offers features like end-to-end encryption, group messaging, live typing indication, high-resolution media sharing, read and delivery receipts, and responding with reactions, with more features claimed to be coming in the future.


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