Nothing Chats App Removed from Play Store Due to Major Privacy Concerns!

nothing chats app removed from google play store due to privacy concerns

Apple’s iMessage is one of the most popular communication platforms. It’s also why many love their iPhones. But iMessage is also the reason why many don’t switch to Android, because they don’t want to be left out of group chats. And yes, the shame about the green bubble is also an important reason. Recently Carl Pei announced the ‘Nothing Chats’ app to bring iMessage to Android. However, amid security concerns, the app has been removed from the Play Store.

According to a recent post on X (formerly Twitter), the company says it has removed its beta app Nothing Chats from the Play Store. The launch will be delayed “until further notice,” and Nothing said it will work with Sunbird (which built the technology that enabled iMessage functionality in Nothing chats) to “fix several bugs.”

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Nothing added either that it will happen ‘do it right for our users‘, so there is hope that the company has plans to work on these issues. But what are these problems and should you be concerned? Let’s investigate.

Privacy and security issues in the Nothing Chats app: details

Nothing Chats app replicates iMessage functionality on Android
Nothing Chats Beta brings iMessage to Android; but turned out to be uncertain

As evidenced by a teardown of the app by select Android app developers and security researchers, the Nothing Chats app is not safe at all. While Nothing and Sunbird claim that the iMessage-emulating Chats app ‘end-to-end encryption‘, It has been beaten down to be the opposite instead.

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The discoveries show that various information such as contact details, message content and even attachment data can all be hacked go inside. Apparently, the user data sent via Sunbird’s technology over HTTP persists uncertain during transportation. Additionally, it has been revealed that Sunbird can read all your messages and see the media you share with real iMessage users using the Nothing Chats app. The studies were shared by a developer named Dylan Roussel on X (formerly Twitter).

Additionally, the team that developed WordPress & Tumblr recently published its findings regarding Sunbird/Nothing Chats security. It has highlighted three key issues: Vulnerability of data during transmission, Data op rest vulnerabilityAnd Insider threat/data exposure also. You can read their detailed report via the link above.

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What do you think about the Nothing Chats app being removed from the Play Store? Do you think the project will survive and iMessage will come to Android after all? Would you use an app to emulate iMessage, despite the security concerns? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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