We heard at Google I/O 2023 how Google was about to start stuffing even more artificial intelligence inside of its products, and one of those upgrades has arrived a little earlier than expected: Magic Compose inside Google Messages.
Magic Compose Arrives Early:
It was slated to arrive in the summer in the US, but it’s now available to test in the Messages app for Android (via XDA Developers).
For now, you need to switch to the beta version of the app, be a Google One subscriber, and be using the English language on a phone with a US SIM to get access to Magic Compose.
Magic Compose uses AI to write out RCS messages on your behalf, offering various styles including Remix, Excited, Chill, Shakespeare, Lyrical, Formal, and Short.
Magic Compose sends “up to 20 previous messages” to Google’s servers to learn about your writing style and conversation context, raising privacy considerations.
The impact of using message history on end-to-end encryption, which protects RCS messages from being read by others, is yet to be clarified.
Search Generative Experience (SGE):
Google has opened up the waitlist for SGE, another AI feature announced at Google I/O 2023, indicating their eagerness for user feedback on these new tools.
While smart reply options in Google products have been useful for quick responses, having entire conversations crafted by AI raises concerns about personalization and authenticity.
Quality of AI-Generated Text:
Although AI text generation has improved, questions remain about its creativity and personal touch, particularly in scenarios such as screenplays or chats with friends.
Magic Compose’s Entertainment Value:
Magic Compose can be seen as a fun feature, especially with options like Lyrical and Shakespeare, and may save time for users with numerous contacts. However, the integration of AI text generation in intimate conversations seems unconventional.