There are times when the words you text mean more than just a simple “yes,” “no,” or canned response. A Smart Answerand Google messages app brings an easy way to improve your language skills. Here’s how you can sign up to try Magic Compose this summer.
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What is Magic Compose and how do I use it?
It was launched on Google I/O 2023, Magic Compose uses the company’s extensive Bard programming language to create solutions to RCS-style modules that go beyond single, easy-to-understand words. This was one of the many things that were discussed at the event that show the pressure on companies to use artificial intelligence.
According to the official video tutorial on a Google Messages support page, users first click on the speech bubble icon (called “Message Comments”) in the text field and then drag a list of responses of any type to enter. When you select one, the icon turns into a glowing pencil above it (“Rewrite thoughts”). Clicking on the icon pulls up a list of add-ons that can contain characters or emoji.
Users can look for a positive response from any of up to seven “moods”:
- Music songs
- As usual
Google says it collects the text and emoji content of the previous 20 messages in an RCS thread (reader: not SMS) for the sole purpose of generating responses — not for long-term storage or to train its AI models. Video and audio are not available, but captions for pictures and audio can be read. Our friends at Android Police note that this violates end-to-end encryption, so if you want privacy in your communications, this might not be what you want to install.
Magic Compose is supposed to be exclusive to Google Messages – an app that should be installed on most Android phones with Google Mobile Services.
Am I eligible to try Magic Compose?
Magic Compose is currently in testing phase and eligibility for beta testing is limited.
The company prioritizes accessibility Google One subscribers who pay for a cloud storage plan at the Premium tier (2TB $9.99 per month) or higher. In addition to this database, Google One membership also includes access to its various platforms.
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How do I sign up for the Magic Compose beta?
To sign up for Magic Compose testing, you must be a beta tester for the Google Messages app and the Carrier Services app.
You can sign up or check your status by going to the Play Store app list and scrolling down to the section labeled “Join the beta program” or “You’re a beta tester.”
Once you sign up, updates for each program should come soon.
As an alternative or additional option, you can also disable the latest beta versions Google messages and Transport Services from a repository like the one we linked to, APK Mirror.
From there, all you can do is wait and check your RCS conversations from time to time. When you see the prompt prompting you to turn on Magic Compose, you’re ready!