Nothing’s iMessage app is available, but don’t use it – Frandroid

Nothing has unveiled its latest project, Nothing Chats, an app that aims to make iMessage accessible to Android users. But behind this attractive promise there are major security problems with the application.

Nothings iMessage app is available but dont use itSource: MKBHD / Nothing

Nothing has just announced its newest app: Nothing Chats. This app aims to bridge a long-standing gap in communication between Android and iPhone users by making messages sent to an iPhone compatible with iMessage.

Nothing Chats is available for free, but has a notable exclusivity: it is only accessible on the Nothing Phone (2).

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A major security risk has been confirmed

The application was submitted online

(APK). As expected, to use Nothing Chats, users must enter their Apple IDs into a system remotely managed by Sunbird, specifically via a Mac mini located on a server farm. Through this intermediary, the application promises access to iMessage functions on an Android smartphone.

However, since the launch of Nothing Chats, users have encountered significant security issues. This is because the communication that sends Apple ID data occurs without proper encryption and uses the HTTP protocol instead of a secure method.

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Although Sunbird and Nothing claim that the data is end-to-end encrypted, this claim appears to contradict current technical observations. Therefore, due to the potential risks to user security and privacy, the use of this application is strongly discouraged.

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At the same time, Apple announced its intention to support the RCS standard in 2024. Although this initiative is late, it is a step towards better interoperability between operating systems. RCS will allow Android users to benefit from some features previously only available to iPhone users, such as enhanced group chats.

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