Apple may have made iMessage for Android concepts with Material Design

Apple may have made iMessage for Android concepts with Material Design
Okay so right off the top, let's clear something up: whether or not Apple made mock-ups of a version of iMessage for Android has absolutely no bearing at all on whether or not it is likely or even probable that Apple would release that app. Frankly, if we had to bet on it, we'd probably guess that Apple has no plans at all of doing so.

John Gruber of Daring Fireball said in a blog post that "little birdies" told him there have been mockups of iMessage for Android have been circulated around Apple. The mockups have ranged from iMessage with the standard iOS design all the way to a complete Material Design overhaul. According to Gruber, this is enough evidence to prove we can't assume Apple will never bring iMessage to Android, and we would agree on that. It's not hard to believe that a company like Apple would at least take a look at the idea of bringing iMessage to Android, regardless of if it follows through and makes it a reality. 

The argument on one side is that iMessage is one of the best examples of a great product that keeps users hooked into the Apple ecosystem. So, under that theory, making iMessage for Android could spur an exodus of users to Google's platform. However, that idea is deeply rooted in just how deep a hook iMessage is. It's fairly reasonable to assume that the integration between Mac and iOS might be the bigger hook for many users and iMessage for Android would serve more to show Android users what they might be missing in the iOS world. 

Ultimately, which platform you want is a very personal choice (we're quite divided here at PA), so the latter sounds good to us. But, we're still not putting bets on iMessage for Android any time soon. 

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29 Comments

1. EC112987

Posts: 1214; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Apple should release iMessage to all platforms

12. Unordinary unregistered

RIP Allo and the thirty previous messenger apps that Google has abandoned

15. cncrim

Posts: 1586; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

she will once the she find way to intergrate somekind of payment use iMessage, right now i dont see a befinit imessage on android unless apple see a $ sign.

18. justrt

Posts: 446; Member since: Jul 10, 2014

If they do that will be a game over for them all -Allo, Messenger, whatever

19. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

The chances of Apple releasing iMessage to Android is as high as Apple releasing OSX for PCs.

2. bossman

Posts: 264; Member since: Jan 27, 2016

If Apple makes iMessage for Android, no one would buy iPhones.

3. Babadook

Posts: 230; Member since: May 24, 2016

Not really since every person I know doesn't understand the importance of iMessage.

4. bossman

Posts: 264; Member since: Jan 27, 2016

Everyone I know says that iMessage is the only reason they stick with iPhones

5. xocomaox

Posts: 200; Member since: Dec 14, 2015

Exactly true. They all say they cannot live without it.

7. Babadook

Posts: 230; Member since: May 24, 2016

Ever person I know over the age of 40 who has an iPhone has no idea how SMS/iMessage/Messaging in general works. It's a major selling point. But assuming no one would buy iPhones because of it is a massive overstatement.

11. bucky

Posts: 3776; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

You are telling me 40 year olds don't know what iMessage is? I'm calling bs on that one. iMessage keeps me but so does everything else.

29. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

I think most people know what it is just fine, some, like me included, would not understand all the hype about it, but that might be because we've here had free sms and mms for most of the cheapest subscriptions for years upon years.

28. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Do tell, because last I checked all iMessage can do, I can do with my normal sms'? only difference is how it is sent? and do note, here at least in Denmark, most people now a days have free sms and mms.

8. TerryTerius unregistered

I'm not convinced that's true. That's making the assumption that's literally the only reason they stay with iOS. It may be the most significant, but I doubt it's the only one.

14. lyndon420

Posts: 6720; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Besides phone calls, what would be the most used feature(s)? Texting and/or social media.

16. TerryTerius unregistered

Or, perhaps they just prefer iOS much in the same way that many people prefer Android or Windows phone. And unless you are really heavily into customization/personalization, in which case you probably wouldn't have gotten an iPhone anyway; there aren't a ton of compelling reasons to switch from iOS to Android. The two platforms are pretty close to one another at this point. That isn't to say that android doesn't have advantages over iOS, it certainly does. But in terms of the overall smartphone experience the only relatively significant things I can think of would be the notification light, back button, headphone jack (which may or may not be a big deal to you), and tethering to iTunes.

9. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

just like yesterdecade when people saying "no one would buy blackberry's phone if they release BBM other platform" their fans wouldn't care and still buying BB

24. yyzamin

Posts: 382; Member since: Aug 26, 2015

What drugs are you on

6. wkm001

Posts: 145; Member since: Feb 04, 2014

I remember a time when Blackberry had everyone locked in with a messaging app...

10. Vagabondjonez

Posts: 157; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

They really have nothing to loose by allowing imessage on another platform... It's so gated.

13. lyndon420

Posts: 6720; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Google has all their apps on iOS...don't think it's hurting their bottom line much at all so surely apple can do more than just make apple music available to Android. If apple were to charge for their apps on Android it could generate some good revenue and give incentive to maybe switch to iOS.

17. TerryTerius unregistered

Difference being Apple generates a majority of their profits through hardware sales and Google doesn't. Google has nothing to lose by offering iOS users the Google suite, because whether you are using their services on iOS or Android doesn't make much of a difference to them. That isn't the case for Apple.

23. lyndon420

Posts: 6720; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Things don't stay the same forever. Google is vamping up their hardware efforts now and apple has already gotten their toe wet with apple music. We don't need one solitary mobile OS but it would be grand if they just learned how to play nice together. The hilltop is big enough for 2.

20. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

They will eventually if Apple is still around. Maybe in 20 years when Apple is reeling like Nokia. I think Apple would be on their last legs when they finally release it for Android. Lol

25. yyzamin

Posts: 382; Member since: Aug 26, 2015

Apple is going nowhere bud. It sounds like you bat for the underdog but the pixel is not going to hurt the iPhone. Of anything it's going to push android OEM's to improve or push Samsung closer to tizen

21. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

It will be the first messaging app without lags in Android.

22. .KRATOS.

Posts: 442; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

Whatsapp is the reigning champion in this regard, specially now they testing a video chat in it, who cares about imessage or others even iphone users use whatsapp

26. nodes

Posts: 1158; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

see that's how much Apple care about design consistency even on rival OS they don't force their own design, look at how awful Google apps on iOS forcing Material Design.

27. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

iMessage is great. I know more people using iOS. I have WhatsApp too but can't get my Android friends to try it except for one that's over sea.

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