Nothing Chats, the new messaging app introduced by technology company Nothing, has been removed from the Google app store. According to a statement from the company, the decision was made in order to “fix several bugs” related to Sunbird technology, which is used to send and receive messages via iMessage on an Android device. The launch of Nothing Chats was originally scheduled for the 17th of this month.
However, only a day after its release, Nothing announced that the beta version of the messaging app had been removed from the Play Store in order to work with Sunbird and fix several bugs. The launch has been delayed “until further notice,” as detailed by the manufacturer in a post on their official website. They also apologized for any inconvenience caused by the delay and assured that they would continue working to do “the right thing for users.”
Sunbird’s architecture uses a system that sends messages to other users without storing them at any point in their journey, so messages are only stored on the device. The chat messages are also end-to-end encrypted, making it impossible for Sunbird or Nothing to access the content sent in Nothing Chats. However, some users and cybersecurity experts have raised concerns about privacy and security issues with Sunbird’s technology. They claim that it does not encrypt messages end-to-end and that all documents sent are “public”.
For example, developer Dylan Roussel has criticized Sunbird, stating that they have access to all messages sent and received through the app and that all documents sent are “public”. This is because Sunbird decrypts messages sent by users and sends them to a cloud server over an insecure connection before storing them in an unencrypted format. Roussel warns that if a cybercriminal manages to register and access the database, they could also have access to all messages and files sent by users.