Nothing has removed the beta version of its new messaging app, Nothing Chats, from the Play Store just a day after its release, and says it is delaying the launch “until further notice.” The company touted Nothing Chats, based on Sunbird, as the answer to long-standing texting issues between Android and Apple, with support for RCS and iMessage to bridge the gap. But since its announcement, a growing number of critics have expressed concerns about the risks of workarounds like this, arguing that Nothing Chats is an inherently less secure messaging option.
We have removed the Nothing Chats beta from the Play Store and will be delaying the launch until further notice to work with Sunbird to fix several bugs.
We apologize for the delay and will do the right thing for our users.
– Nothing nothing) November 18, 2023
In an application teardown, 9to5google pointed out that Nothing Chats lacked end-to-end encryption and found that attachments sent by other users were easily accessible in plain text. The results confirm concerns expressed by others that Sunbird uses HTTP instead of HTTPS. Kishan Bagaria, founder of Texts.com, called it “extremely insecure” and said that further investigation by his team showed that “all outgoing texts are leaked to a sentinel server in the clear.”
On X, Nothing did not directly address privacy concerns, but said it was working with Sunbird to “fix several bugs” and would “do right by our users.” Nothing Chats was announced on November 14, and the beta hit the Play Store on Friday.
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