Google rolls out spam protection to Android Messages

Google rolls out spam protection to Android Messages”

Several users were seeing a prompt called "New!"

There is no official announcement from Google as yet, meaning that like most new features the company rolls out, it is a server-side change that is going to gradually go live for users, depending on device and geographical location. If you forward a spam report manually to Google it still submits the phone numbers of both the sender and the recipient including the message body.

Nevertheless, Spam protection for SMS app is a much-needed feature and we will be able to avoid piling up of telemarketing messages eating away the storage.

Google will likely be using similar techniques as it does with Gmail and will need to scan the content of the messages - obviously. In short, when you enable the option, some information is sent to Google (no surprises here), though it doesn't contain any personal information that can be used to identify you, nor the actual contents of the message itself. If you do, you can access it in Messages by tapping Settings Advanced Spam protection where you will find a simple enable/disable toggle. It's a feature that will be automatically enabled, but you can venture into the settings and disable it if you choose.

When the update gets to any Android phone, a new notifications will pop-up on the device showing the new spam protection. The latest addition to the app is spam protection, though it comes with some caveats.

Data about spam messages is to improve the search engine giant's ability to "detect future spam for users".

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