THOSE RUMOURS about iMessage for Android just won’t go away. The Apple-specific messaging aggregator has been high on the list for Android users for a long time and after many false alarms, it looks like there might be some more motion towards from Apple.
For many, iMessage is the 'killer app’ which keeps them from migrating, and Apple knows that any decision to open it up could lead to an exodus, or at the very least, second thoughts at upgrade time, and Google knows it, which is why we have the Pixel.
Now, according to a report in Daring Fireball, it appears that there are detailed schematics of iMessage for Android which have been shared around internally within Apple. Originally they had been earmarked with an eye to launching at last year's WWDC, but somewhere along the line, nerve was lost.
It’s not the first time a major player has had a decision like this to make. Blackberry (remember them?) had to do something similar with BBM, its own messenger app. It launched, everyone got excited and then it went away again.
Daring Fireball writes: "I've heard from little birdies that mockups of iMessage for Android have circulated within the company, with varying UI styles ranging from looking like the iOS Messages app to pure Material Design."
As ever, Apple would never confirm or deny this, and indeed if Apple will ever take the plunge is still something that we just don’t know.
Even if iMessage for Android is in the works, it still leaves Facetime as an Apple exclusive and make no mistake, Facetime is an exceedingly popular app.
Google’s Duo, which is available across iOS and Android, is designed to usurp it as a no-frills video calling app, but there’s no huge incentive for Apple users because for them, it ain’t broke, so there’s nothing to fix. µ
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