iMessage Android support could finally be happening! Announcement rumored for WWDC 2016


Smartphones have sure made the world feel a lot smaller, and reaching out to a friend halfway around the globe is just as easy as texting someone next door. As we find ourselves presented with more and more options for keeping in touch, is there still a place for messaging systems that aren't open to everyone? Over the past few years we've seen some big efforts to make previously-exclusive systems available to new flocks of users, like when BlackBerry opened up BBM to iOS, Android, and eventually even Windows Phone. Right now, maybe the most notable IM solution that's still operating behind closed doors is Apple's iMessage, only available on the company's iOS and OS X devices. But even that could soon be about to change, with a new rumor claiming that Apple's about to announce iMessage for Android.

Supposedly, Apple's planning to reveal the arrival of iMessage on Android during WWDC 2016 next week, which kicks off right on Monday.

The impact of such a move promises to be substantial, and the ability to keep in touch with their existing iMessage contacts could theoretically encourage Apple users who had already been considering jumping ship for Android to follow through with their plans. At the very least, it would remove one big reason to stay.

But will it work the other way? Could Apple opening iMessage to Android users help draw iOS virgins into the fray, and maybe get them to consider becoming a full-time Apple convert?

For the moment, the rumor lacks strong support (or anything in the way of corroborating evidence), but it does make for quite the fascinating possibility; will next week really see iMessage open up to hundreds of millions of new smartphone users? We're just days away from finding out.


source: MacDailyNews via MacRumors

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54 Comments

1. Dingy_cellar_dweller

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Too little too late. apple wants to join the rest of the community, stay where you are.

4. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

What community? What the hell are you talking about?

5. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Lol! I have no clue what this dude is talking about!

8. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Clueless fanboy is clueless. iMessage on Android would be killer. It would have everything Allo and Duo have, except for the stupid data mining assistant, with default E2E encryption.

27. galanoth

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

How does it have everything Allo and Duo have? Allo has the Google assistant bot. And this article is about iMessage there is nothing about FaceTime coming to Android. So this wouldn't compete with Duo.

34. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

I said the data miner wasn't in it, which is just a ploy to mine more info. Google prioritized it over E2E encryption, which is ridiculous. iMessage implements calls and video calling. I don't have to leave iMessage to get RCS features, calling, video calling, messaging to email addresses, MMS, and SMS.

52. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

You also said it would have everything Allo and Duo have, in exactly those words.

28. sgodsell

Posts: 7368; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Talk about clueless. IMessage doesn't not have everything that Allo and Duo have. Not even close. Besides there is a lot of message apps already. WhatsApp is used by millions of people. More so than iMessage. However I do understand that I Message has been exclusive to Apple.

39. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Will believe it only when I see it. Can't understand why Apple would voluntary release one of their strongest hold on iOS user.

6. AlikMalix unregistered

I have friends waitin for this!!!

12. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Go away.

55. SprintGuy26

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 21, 2011

dump imessage and go with BBM..u can text/call and video chat for free

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 31055; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Apple needs a killer iphone 7, and it'll be just fine. iOS 10 needs to be killer too, enough with the rehashing of android/touch wiz features. Bottom 9, bases loaded, down by 3...walkoff grand salami?

3. sachouba

Posts: 266; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

That would be great news ! If Apple starts opening its services to Android, they might as well start selling good smartphones at a reasonable price.

7. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Apple would be a fool to open one of it's staple features to the other platforms without considering the consequences. If I were primarily an Android user, I'd look forward to a watered down version of iMessage, similar to Apple Music. I'd also expect it to be paid subscription only. There isn't a business alive dumb enough to throw away a main selling point to another platform without addressing that user bases tendencies. This may be another sign of Apple's transition to "Services first" over "Hardware first".

9. AlikMalix unregistered

If iMessage has a fee of any sort to outside platforms it will be a failed venture before it starts.

10. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

That's the reason I have my doubts. Apple's software design team as well as the people in charge should know the other platforms user bases aren't "open" to paying for apps. I don't see this leading to anything good honestly.

11. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Ridiculous generalization. I spend hundreds each year on apps and content.

15. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

That's not a generalization. A generalization would be something along the lines of "Android users don't pay for apps!" which I didn't say. The fact is, when comparing the revenue from both app stores, Apple's user base are more inclined to purchasing apps compared to Android. A few weeks back their was a story (posted here) where over 18 million dollars in stolen apps were documented. TL;DR YOU may pay for your apps, but there appears to be a large subsection who do not.

22. rick_mobile

Posts: 358; Member since: Dec 13, 2010

Lol, I paid for many apps when I had an iphone and I spend just as much or even more now that Im with android. Just because android has more free apps doesn't mean android users dont spend money on paid apps. You silly person you. Kids, this is why you get a decent college education, so you don't go on the internet sounding dim.

24. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"Just because android has more free apps doesn't mean android users dont spend money on paid apps. You silly person you." You do realize that this statement makes absolutely no sense logically correct. It has been statically proven that what you just said isn't correct, but what the hell, here's a link to prove my point. http://techcrunch.com/2015/04/14/revenue-gap-between-ios-and-android-apps-grows-thanks-to-china/ "Kids, this is why you get a decent college education, so you don't go on the internet sounding dim." You'd know about that first hand wouldn't you? I don't think "sounding dim" is a phrase where I'm from. I digress , you enjoy your evening good sir :D.

29. sgodsell

Posts: 7368; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The thing is all that crap about about Apple making more money is exactly that, especially when they never got into in app purchases, or ads. How many users pay for things in apps on both platforms? Apple never got into that. There is a lot more users on Android, and developers realized that they could still make tons of money from a free app, by using IAP, or ads. Kiko007 I think you need the money education more than anyone.

31. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Go to the link I posted and tell me the same bulls**t nonsense the guy before you did. The in app purchase statistics should be included as well. It doesn't matter how many users there are, if they aren't inclined to pay. Here in America, 1% of the populace makes 80% of all the money in the country. Sometimes "more users" doesn't equate profit. That's life....get use to it :D. P.S. What the hell is "money education"? Are you talking about economics? You know what, I'll let you sling all the insults you want. My analysis is backed up by this thing called A FACT (crazy right!?) not some half wit about what SHOULD be true. Lmao!

35. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Dude, don't waste your time. He's just a fanboy troll. He tries to go to Ars Technica and pull the same garbage, and they down vote him into oblivion. He guesses about every other platform because he has had a constant stream of the Google-Aid in his gullet.

38. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Thanks for the tip. I'll just ignore his nonsense :D.

44. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Sorry but you are wrong about this. I'm an Android user and I paid for all my apps (and IAP's) but it's a well-known fact there is a very large group of Android users who just use pirated versions of apps. Some devs try to solve this loss of income by using ads, but a good ad blocker will block that income source as well. Of course you have to take into account there are a few legitimate alternative app stores for Android, especially in China. But pirated apps are most certainly a thing on Android (alas)

58. rick_mobile

Posts: 358; Member since: Dec 13, 2010

Wow I wasn't expecting such an elaborate response :D The first block makes perfect sense. I'm dismatling your fallacy, posting a link about chinas broken app store systems is irrelevant to users paying for apps, or assyming android users aren't fond of paying for apps lol. Spacially here in the US. Have a good day. Don't let the internet comments take too much of your time now. But more importantly, dont post silly statistics to counter argue. It's been fun. Good day. :P

59. rick_mobile

Posts: 358; Member since: Dec 13, 2010

Btw appologies about the 'dim' thing. That was uncalled for.

13. KickRocks

Posts: 276; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

F imessage. I want no part of that on my 6P.

26. hector93

Posts: 25; Member since: Jun 07, 2010

Then don't get/download it?

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