Google Messages is rolling out “Verified SMS” that aims to prevent phishing and spam. The feature, which is designed for businesses and all numbers registered with Google, was first spotted by Android Police earlier in the year.
You will find a new toggle in Settings -> Verified SMS. Google has enabled the Verified SMS feature by default, but you can turn it off if you really do not want to make use of it.
The Verified SMS feature only works when an SMS seems to be coming from a verified business. Google will use authenticity code to verify each SMS you receive to alert you of any spoofing attempt or misleading content. The essence of this is to save you from clicking on links that are dangerous. It will also guard you against giving away sensitive information to sites that look suspicious.
Google verification uses a unique hash created based on your registered phone number, the business, and the content of the message. Every unique hash according to Android Police, is created on your device, then sent to Google, which compares it against the one received in parallel from the verified business.
In Google’s exact words, here is a little help on how the feature works:
“When businesses register with Verified SMS, Google works with them to confirm their real identities. When a registered business wants to send you a message, it creates an unreadable authenticity code (also known as a message hash) for the message, sends the code to Google, and sends the message to you over SMS. An authenticity code is a cryptographic technique that can be used to prove the authenticity of a message without revealing the message.”
Google Messages is one of the most used short messages apps you can find. The app is packed full of some very cool features that make messaging smooth and loads of fun. Last June, Messages started testing a Snapchat-like effects.
Guys at XDA Developers were able to test 5 camera effects in Messages, including plane, balloons, fireworks, confetti, and an angel. The feature doesn’t work with your regular camera, which simply means that it only works when you send pictures taken in the Messages app. You can send pictures with MMS, SMS, or RCS—this of course, would be determined by what your device supports.
XDA Developers reported back then that the effects are able to recognize your face especially with the way they put things behind and in front of you with so much accuracy.
With this and other upcoming features including the much-talked about RSC feature, Google is steadily positioning Messages to compete heavily with iMessage. We currently have no information as to when this feature will become available or if it will ever make it to a global launch.