The actual innerworkings of the automated system are still shrouded in mystery, but it likely taps into a database that helps it detect patterns and similarities between spam messages, which it then uses to determine if what you're getting is, indeed, an unwanted text. From those who already have the new Spam Protection, we've learned that it comes as a popup notification. Well, Google's Support website has a page that briefly goes over how spam protection works in Messages.
The new spam protection feature can be managed by heading to the Settings menu, clicking Advanced settings, and selecting the Spam Protection option to enable or disable it as per the users' choice. Now, a new report suggests that the anticipated feature is now available on the messaging platform.
It may not be as well-known as Gmail, Maps, or YouTube, but Messages, Google's default app for handling SMS/MMS is an essential part of the (stock) Android experience. When enabled, some information about the received message will be sent to Google.
Finally, Google has started rolling out spam protection feature for Messages.
The company has yet to offer more information about the feature, such as how it works, when it's going to release it, and what kind of data Spam Protection collects. If you don't want to do that, you can simply block a phone number without reporting it as spam. The good news is that personal information such as phone number and content of their message is stripped off and not included in the information sent to Google.
But in the coming weeks, the service could be shifted to "messages.google.com", the report said, citing an upcoming change to Chrome OS.
This is a feature we learned about earlier in the year, and it is now starting to roll out to handsets.