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Nothing’s iMessage platform removed from Google Play Store

By Liu Hongzuo - on 20 Nov 2023, 12:46pm

Nothing’s iMessage platform removed from Google Play Store

Nothing Chats by Nothing has been indefinitely removed from the Google Play Store. Image: Nothing official website.

Nothing Chats was pulled from the Google Play Store, shortly after launching its beta app.

According to Nothing, the launch of its Android-based messaging platform for iMessage has been delayed until further notice. The company wants to work with its service provider (Sunbird) to “fix several bugs”.

However, the iMessage clone has attracted its fair share of unwanted attention during its announcement, primarily because of Sunbird’s glaring security risks it poses to iMessage and access to iCloud, which in turn implicates Nothing and Nothing Chats.

GSMArena has compiled several findings about Sunbird from various experts. While messages sent to its Mac mini server farm are encrypted, its encryption tokens (JWT) are sent unencrypted to a different Sunbird server without basic cryptographic protocols (SSL). 

The technical analysis team at Text (a rivalling platform-agnostic messaging app) also attempted to access test messages they sent between two Nothing Chats devices and managed to do so by intercepting the JWT. 

Launch of Nothing Chats as seen on Nothing's official YouTube channel. Image: Nothing.

GSMArena has said that Nothing citing this matter as “bugs” is “extremely dishonest” and that Nothing Chats “especially seems pointless” ever since Apple announced RCS support for 2024 over the weekend. 

Source: GSMArena, Texts (blog)

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