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Google criticized Apple this week for benefiting from the “inexperienced bubble” phenomenon in iMessage, following a Wall Road Journal report on the iPhone’s dominance amongst teenagers within the US. The article additionally revealed how Apple’s dealing with of Android customers in iMessage resulted in peer strain for affected customers to change to an iPhone.

Google subsequently stated that it desires Apple to undertake the extra trendy RCS normal for Android customers in iMessage. However what do Android Authority readers suppose Apple ought to do? We posed this query on Monday and right here’s the way you voted.

What ought to Apple do with iMessage and Android?


The ballot was posted inside our information story on Monday, with nearly 1,500 votes tallied as of writing. And it seems that nearly 45% of respondents need Apple to allow RCS messaging for Android customers in iMessage. 

That is according to Google’s needs and a neat thought. An enormous challenge with how iMessage handles Android customers is that it falls again to the archaic SMS normal, which doesn’t cope effectively with trendy messaging options. In the meantime, RCS brings high-quality multimedia sharing, location sharing, end-to-end encryption for particular person chats, and lots extra up to date options. RCS isn’t good although, however it’s undoubtedly a extra succesful answer than SMS.

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The second-most in style selection in our ballot was merely “I don’t care as a result of I exploit a special app,” incomes ~28% of the vote. This doesn’t essentially imply that solely 28% of polled readers use a special messaging app. In any case, a reader might’ve voted for one of many different choices whereas nonetheless utilizing an alternate messaging app. 

In the meantime, ~23% of respondents stated they wished Apple to carry iMessage to Android. This was certainly mooted by some inside Apple itself again in 2013, as inside emails present. We doubt this can occur any time quickly, however it could be the most effective choice on paper. Though we’d wager that the Android expertise would lack a couple of options discovered on the iOS app.

Lastly, just below 4% of polled readers say Apple ought to carry iMessage to the net. An internet-based different wouldn’t be splendid by way of offline entry, and it could possible lack some performance in comparison with a local app. However it could be a wise means for Apple to carry iMessage to Android, Home windows, and different platforms with out creating a local app for every one. In any case, Apple launched Facetime for the net final yr.


  • MadFerret9: Poor wittle Google. The factor is, iMessage blows away Android texting which STILL SOMEHOW doesn’t have constant RCS throughout all texting apps/networks. On iMessage, my pictures and movies DON’T get resized to a 166 x 240 3GP video format from 2006 like they do on Android. Google wants to repair their downside.
  • TimTheK: That is precisely why I can’t stand apple. They must resort to this nonsense to make sure that folks don’t purchase their youngsters Android telephones?? Or they may, you recognize, simply compete by making a greater or extra compelling product. However no, we’ll lock folks into our walled backyard and discover methods to entrap their kids too. I’ll by no means personal an Apple product however my youngsters needed to have iphones due to the silly inexperienced bubble. And my spouse needed to swap to an iPhone as a result of you’ll be able to’t observe/monitor your youngsters on-line exercise with out an “iProduct”. God forbid they merely enabled findmyphone and screentime by way of an Android app.
  • Anthorama: It’s past my understanding how a blue / inexperienced / yellow bubble could make you are feeling higher or worse if you textual content.
  • Bum: I can’t communicate to the peer strain challenge, however the entire IM/SMS/RCS factor is an issue in the remainder of the world too. We’d like a substitute for SMS. Personally I don’t give a s**t what that may transform. However proper now it seems to be like Apple doesn’t wish to play alongside. Sadly the one place they’re prone to be compelled to take action (to the advantage of all customers I’d add) is throughout the EU. And they need to be.

Thanks for voting in our ballot and leaving a remark. Do you suppose Apple will ever implement RCS in iMessage? Are you an RCS person? Hold forth within the feedback under.

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