Apple’s iMessage has been a sizzling subject as soon as once more within the Android house after the corporate was referred to as out for utilizing its messaging app as a “bullying” tactic. Google exec Hiroshi Lockheimer as soon as once more invited Apple to undertake RCS, which he calls the “business customary for contemporary messaging,” as an alternative of making an iMessage app for Android.
This week, we requested our readers in the event that they would favor Apple to create iMessage for Android or if the corporate ought to assist RCS for higher interoperability when texting Android smartphones. Out of greater than 2700 responses, over 75% voted that they’d somewhat Apple deliver RCS assist to its app.
One reader, deltatux, notes how neither of Apple or Google’s messaging apps are broadly used exterior of the US, however bringing RCS to iMessage would nonetheless be in step with Apple’s want to maintain its app platform-specific:
In lots of elements of the world iMessage does not have a stranglehold on the messaging market, so this challenge largely impacts the US it appears. Exterior the US, many have been on WhatsApp, Telegram, WeChat, Viber, LINE, Sign and and so on. the place they’re already multiplatform.
Whereas RCS is not superb, it’s a direct alternative of SMS. Apple desires to lock customers in with iMessage to maintain iPhone gross sales, so bringing RCS to iMessage would not run counter to their want to lock iPhone customers in.
Exterior the US, I am undecided how compelling it will be for customers if Apple launched iMessage on Android contemplating many iPhone customers in these markets probably use a multiplatform messaging app alongside iMessage already and Android customers are probably snug there already.
Right here in Canada, individuals typically count on you to have no less than WhatsApp. Certain iMessage is broadly used right here however it’s not an expectation like it’s within the States it appears.
One other reader, hmmm, thinks agrees that adopting RCS can be the higher solution to go, however cautions counting on Google for something associated to messaging:
I do not care both approach. I exploit SMS since it really works on something. I would advise any firm to not do something that depends on Google with regards to messaging, although. Historical past exhibits Google is not good, and even mediocre, at messaging. Of these two choices rcs on apple gadgets makes extra sense. Apple may even preserve the RCS messages inexperienced so weak minded individuals will nonetheless be pressured into shopping for apple.
For now, Apple hasn’t precisely responded to Google’s invitation to assist RCS, however its silence on the matter speaks volumes. At this level, we most likely should not get our hopes up.