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  • An Apple Executive has Explained Why iMessage Isnít Available for Android

    iMessage is one of those features for iOS that Apple uses as a major focal point, and it appears itís going to stay an iOS-only feature for at least a while longer.



    Still, that hasnít stopped the Rumor Mill from suggesting the feature could land on other, competing platforms. Like Googleís Android. In fact, a report surfaced a week ago, before the keynote kicking off this yearís Worldwide Developers Conference, and before Apple announced a slate of new features baked into its iMessage platform along with the launch of iOS 10, that outlined Appleís plans to bring iMessage to Android.

    Now, a few days after the keynote has ended we know that rumor wasnít all it was cracked up to be. iMessage still isnít available for Android, and a conversation with an unnamed Apple executive and Walt Mossberg seems to suggest the feature wonít be available for any other platforms any time soon. Reporting for The Verge, Mossbergís editorial says that Appleís got at least two reasons for keeping iMessage on iOS:

    The first is that iOS, with its 1 billion active devices, is enough of a base line for its endeavors with artificial intelligence (AI), and doesnít feel the need to expand to other platforms. And, second, Apple sees its iMessage platform as a superior messaging service, and keeping it on iOS as a must-have feature simply makes sense to the company.

    ďThe best example of this was that it again declined to extend its much-loved and much-used iMessage messaging system to Android, even though Google still seems vulnerable in this area. Apple did announce a clutch of new features for iMessage, like giant emojis, and handwritten texts. And itís turning the service into a true platform that can host third-party apps like cash transfer services, stickers, photo editing, and restaurant reservation apps. But all of this seemed more about keeping people on Apple hardware than about building the biggest possible services.

    When I asked a senior Apple executive why iMessage wasnít being expanded to other platforms, he gave two answers. First, he said, Apple considers its own user base of 1 billion active devices to provide a large enough data set for any possible AI learning the company is working on. And, second, having a superior messaging platform that only worked on Apple devices would help sales of those devices ó the companyís classic (and successful) rationale for years.Ē
    Of course, the rumor that Apple would bring iMessage to Android was helped by the fact Apple actually launched Apple Music for Android soon after releasing the service for its own devices. Alas, it appears that iMessage will remain an iOS exclusive.

    [via The Verge]
    This article was originally published in forum thread: An Apple Executive has Explained Why iMessage Isnít Available for Android started by Caiden Spencer View original post
    Comments 3 Comments
    1. therandy's Avatar
      therandy -
      I agree with this! You want iMessage, go get a damned "i" device!!
    1. repoman16's Avatar
      repoman16 -
      I think it would be neat to have Android users on iMessage, because then i could actually leave a group chat instead of putting it on DND (unless I'm missing something, you can only leave a group chat if everyone is on iMessage)

      That and group chat can act a lil funky sometimes when half of the people are on iMessage and the other half are on Android
    1. SepticTank's Avatar
      SepticTank -
      Quote Originally Posted by therandy View Post
      I agree with this! You want iMessage, go get a damned "i" device!!
      Or maybe because no one is really interested in using useless iMessage is the real driving force? Epic flop of a service for sure.

      BTW... Sent from my 6S Plus