If you’re finding your SMS inbox to be full of spam, and your phone is running Android, help is definitely on it’s way. Google is now rolling out a new spam protection tool which is inside it’s messaging app, according to users who have seen the update on their devices. As first reported by Android Police, this change seems to happen server side, which means that you really don’t need to update your app to see it, and it doesn’t appear to be live for everyone at the moment unfortunately. This new feature was announced via an on-screen popup, and can also be toggled on and off in the settings for the app.
Based on a support page which has been since deleted, the feature does actually send information back to Google (like the numbers behind the incoming messages), though it strips out the date which could identify you personally, and the message content of course.
Spambots vs AI
Within the absence of any official announcement from Google, it’s not completely clear how the feature will work. It’s presumably Google’s own famous machine learning algorithms which will be deployed to identify messages which could be suspect.
Google also seems to be committed to focusing on the Messages app for Android and the web in the near future, and on the RCS messaging protocol which underpins in. If this application is to be Google’s latest iMessage competitor, following on from the likes of Hangouts and Allo, spam controls could be another feature to tempt users into the Android platform.
In a another official introduction for this feature, it is forthcoming from Google, so we’ll update this article to include it. In the mean time however, if you use Messages on Android, open up the app to see if this new spam control feature has gone live for you yet.
via Tech Radar