If you find your SMS inbox confused by spam and your phone is running Android, help is on the way – Google rolls out a new spam protection tool in the Messages app, according to users who have seen the update on their devices.
First reported by Android Police, the change seems to happen server-side – which means you don't have to update your app to see it – but it doesn't seem to be live for everyone at a moment. The new feature is announced via a pop-up screen on the screen and can then be turned on and off in the app settings.
Based on a support page that the site has been deleted, the feature sends some information back to Google (like the numbers behind incoming messages), but removes data that can identify you personally and the message content.
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In the absence of an official announcement from Google, it is not entirely clear exactly how the function will work. Presumably, Google's famous machine learning algorithms will be distributed to identify suspicious messages.
Google seems to focus on the Android and Web messaging app in the near future, and on the basis of the RCS message protocol. If this app is to be Google's newest iMessage challenger ̵
If an official feature introduction comes from Google, we will update this article to include it. Meanwhile, if you're using Messages on Android, open the app to see if the new spam controls have gone live for you yet.