A nifty new feature is now rolling out to Google's Messages app.
Spam protection has begun rolling out in Google's Messages app for Android. With this feature, Google says that it will collect some data about your messages, but not any of the content, in order to help protect you against spam messages. You can toggle the feature on and off by going into the three-dot menu then selecting Settings, followed by Advanced.
A support page for the feature sheds a bit more light on how it works. Google explains that it temporarily stores the phone numbers of people sending and receiving messages with you and the times that they've messaged you, but now the content of those messages or your phone number. You also have the option of manually reporting a spam message, at which time Google will collect the spammer's last 10 messages but not your phone number.
Spam messages can be pretty annoying, buzzing your phone and wasting your time. It's nice to see Google working to combat spam messages so that they don't bother you, though it's understandable that some folks may not like Google collecting the info that it does for this feature. Thankfully, you can disable spam protection in Messages if you'd like.
Have you gotten spam proection in Messages yet? If not, don't fret, because it appears to be slowly rolling out to users.