In recent news, Nothing Chats, the messaging app launched by the tech company Nothing, has been removed from the Google Play Store. According to the company, this decision was made in order to “fix several bugs” related to Sunbird technology.
Just 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 resolve these issues. The launch of Nothing Chats has been delayed “until further notice,” as detailed by the manufacturer in a statement that also apologized for any inconvenience caused.
Sunbird’s architecture is designed to send messages to other users without storing them at any point during their journey, ensuring that 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 their content. However, some users and cybersecurity experts have raised concerns about the lack of privacy and security in Nothing Chats.
For example, Dylan Roussel has criticized Sunbird for having access to all messages sent and received through the app. He claims that all documents sent are “public” because Sunbird decrypts messages sent by users and sends them over an unsecured connection before storing them on an unencrypted server. Roussel warns that if a cybercriminal gains access to this database, they could potentially have access to all messages and files sent by users.
In conclusion, while nothing official has been announced about what caused the removal of Nothing Chats from the Google Play Store or when it will be released again, it is clear that there were significant concerns around security and privacy related to Sunbird technology. It remains to be seen how well Nothing will address these issues moving forward.