Nothing Chats, the new messaging app announced by technology company Nothing, has been removed from the Google app store in order to fix several bugs related to Sunbird technology. The app was launched just a day ago, but it was quickly taken down after users and cybersecurity experts raised concerns about its lack of privacy and security.
The Sunbird technology used by Nothing Chats sends messages to other users without storing them at any point in their journey, making messages only stored on the device. The chat messages are also end-to-end encrypted, which should ensure that they cannot be accessed by anyone else. However, some users and experts have warned that Sunbird’s technology does not encrypt messages end-to-end. For example, developer Dylan Roussel has criticized Sunbird, saying 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, and stores it in an unencrypted format. Roussel has even warned that if a cybercriminal manages to register and access the database, they could also have access to all the messages and files sent by the users.
Nothing has announced that they will work on fixing these issues before reintroducing Nothing Chats into the Google app store. They have apologized for any inconvenience caused by this delay and assure their users that they will continue working hard to do “the right thing for them.” The launch of Nothing Chats was highly anticipated as it promised an alternative way for Android devices to use iMessage without needing an iPhone or iOS device. However, this incident may make some people think twice about using this app in the future.