Googles AI based Magic Compose will change your text messaging skills forever

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May 29, 2023

The Magic Compose beta, a new Messages feature from Google that uses AI to assist users in text message composition, has begun to roll out to users. Magic Compose can restate your language in seven styles: remix, excited, chill, Shakespeare, lyrical, formal, and short.

For the time being, only Android phones with US SIM cards that support RCS are available. However, you can activate it via the app’s Settings menu once it becomes available to you. Then, you can edit the text you’ve already typed by using Magic Compose by clicking the pencil icon in the text field.

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However, even if you employ RCS with end-to-end encryption, Magic Compose will send up to “20 previous messages” to Google’s servers in order to produce suggestions.

This is explained by Google in its help website for Magic Compose, which also notes that these messages, along with any attached emoji, reactions, and URLs, will be sent to its servers and “only used to make suggestions relevant to your conversation.” 

The tech giant further states that it doesn’t store messages or employ them in machine learning model training. Images, voice messages, and messages with attachments are not transferred to Google servers, but voice transcriptions and image captions may be.

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One of the many AI-powered capabilities that Google introduced at its I/O event earlier this month is Magic Compose. Some US customers will soon be able to access the company’s Search Generative Experience capabilities, which will allow them to view condensed answers at the top of search results.

In the meantime, Microsoft’s Swiftkey keyboard app already has a comparable feature that enables users to change conversation tones. However, that one is more ubiquitous because it gives users access to conversation tones in a variety of apps, as opposed to Magic Compose, which is currently only available in the Google Messages app.