The much-anticipated arrival of Apple’s iMessage on Android is finally happening. With the launch of Nothing Chats application on November 17, Android users can text iPhone users. Despite Google’s persistent efforts to persuade Apple to bring iMessage to Android, it seems unlikely to occur anytime soon. Consequently, the responsibility has shifted to other brands to turn this long-awaited integration into a reality, and Carl Pei’s Nothing is leading the way in this regard.
Many users, especially those in the U.S., will eagerly embrace Nothing Chats. It satisfies the long-standing need that people have been advocating for years: seamless texting across Android and iMessage.
What exactly is Nothing Chats, how can it be utilized, and is it considered a secure platform? Let’s find out.
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According to the official statement from Nothing, the groundbreaking Nothing Chats, driven by Sunbird, takes the lead. It serves as the inaugural mobile application facilitating direct messaging between Android and iOS users using blue bubbles. The application not only commits to surpassing iMessage capabilities but also introduces voice notes, RCS messaging, live typing indicators, and the seamless sharing of high-resolution media.
Indeed, Nothing Chats is designed by Nothing and the built is constructed upon Sunbird’s architecture. Nothing also provided clarification on how the process is managed to ensure privacy and security are upheld.
The Nothing spokesperson revealed and we are quoting, “Once you log in to the Chats app for the first time using either your existing Apple ID or creating a new one, your credentials are tokenized in an encrypted database and become associated with one of Sunbird’s North America or Europe-based Mac Minis (depending on where you’re located), creating an encrypted relay for iMessages sent through the app. Once the relay is created, it’s locked and cannot be accessed by Sunbird or anyone else even if they had access to the physical server itself. The only action Sunbird can take with the relay is to delete it.”
Additionally, he mentioned that Sunbird holds the ISO27001 certification. Currently, the company is in the process of obtaining ISO27701, a globally recognized specification for an information security management system.
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Reportedly, Nothing chose to collaborate with Sunbird due to its capability to provide end-to-end encrypted messaging service without retaining them at any stage. The London-based company emphasizes that Sunbird only retains the account email, and even that information is deleted if a user remains inactive for two straight weeks.
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On November 17, Nothing Chats will be accessible on the Google Play Store for users in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, the European Union, and additional European countries such as Switzerland and Norway.
To enable iMessage on Android, you need to log in to Nothing Chats using your Apple ID. This is required since Sunbird’s server farms, made up of Mac Minis that forward messages to Apple, are the means by which iMessage may be accessed.