The cold, bitter truth about the Android-iOS messaging mess


My goodness, my Google viewers: We have a number of theaters playing right in front of us right now.

Have you ever noticed the whole problem? Follow-up reports mu The Wall Street Journal which cited the “green bubble” as the main reason why Teens think they are looking at iPhones on Android devices these days, Google’s chief executive of Android has solved the problem. a list of tweets attacking Apple for refusing to follow the latest communications technology.

Oops! That’s a lot of mushroom mouthed gobbledegook to explain, I realize. Let me break it down into very simple terms (and if you already know all of these things, feel free to skip the list of shells and jump down like the happy rabbit you are):

  • Apple iPhones come with an app called iMessage, which is similar to the old (and well-known) BBM messages from BlackBerry in the past.
  • Like BBM, iMessage is completely owned by the owners. In that case, it means you can use it on an iPhone or Mac – and that’s it.
  • iMessage has its own locked network that gives you access to iPhone owners in modern messaging services, similar to the ones you can find in Slack, Groups, WhatsApp, Google Chat, or any other such activity. The main difference is that (a) it comes loaded on iPhones at random, so most iPhone users in the US prefer to use it, and (b) unlike other modern messaging, is deliberately locked to Apple’s environment. and are not available to anyone on any other device.
  • When you send by everyone no– Apple users within iMessage – as, for our Android live chat – Apple’s app goes back to SMS, text messaging from about 80s and it is not designed with the use of modern communications in mind.
  • SMS do not provide modern text messages on the table such as fixed encryption, working notes, or the ability to send high quality photos and videos in a message. Made in the 80s, crying out loud. Our modern technology already exists, and no one is texting at the rate we use here (Neanderthals!).
  • Not exactly the right amount, right? And Apple adds insult to injury by taking the green record on the messages of anyone who uses an Android phone – the “bad green” we were talking about a minute ago – and emphasizing its differences, creating a striking bias. , and keep in mind among iFolk that their messaging experience is limited by such people because it is only because such a lowly life can compare use of non-apple-lucky Android device (breathing – THE AUDACITY!).

Do you have it all? Good. Now, this is the reality of this confusion – from two different and incoherent nations.

Step 1: Yes, it’s Apple’s problem

There is no way around it: Apple absolutely he can and should to do well with this. Of all the arrogant corporate issues that are most affected by user privacy, how they work hard to deliver polishes and often. magical knowledge, and – of course – how all of its things “just work,” shutting down its modern messaging platform to its creation is a 100% self-serving flying in front of everything it preaches.

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Best of all, iPhone owners are the ones who suffer from this stupid dryness. I mean, consider the following:

  • It is the iPhone owners who are able to experience broken, unrelated information as a result of Apple’s personal actions.
  • It’s the iPhone owners who are able to access anonymous, private and secure messages with all of the Homo sapiens Android owners they encounter at work and in their lives – again, thanks to Apple’s self-reliant choices.
  • It is the iPhone users who should worry about their chat group “damage” and someone whose text messages of any kind were not apple product.
  • And it is the iPhone owners who can deal with all the frustration of the stupid “green bubble”. We here on the Android side of things are not we smart.

The most disturbing thing here is that, as the Google head of Android honcho pointed out in its kindness. Twitter has changed, the answer is simple. Apple sakutero to be to open its closed messaging store and make iMessage accessible to the general public. That would not be a good answer, really, because it would change things unless everyone decided to use a lesser one (and I would say, most of us on the Android side of this fence would respectfully refuse this. Offer, anyway).

The real answer lies in the form of something called RCS, or Rich Communication Services. This is a global standard that is memorized instead of funny old SMS. It does the same thing that SMS does, but it has a modern base that allows for high-quality messaging between them – hide-end-end, for example, as well as sign-reading and message-reading, good group chat, and high-quality photo and video support very.

It’s not a messaging network, nor is Google a special effort. By a standard developed by a team of co-workers, and as a standard SMS designed to replace it, it can be set up anywhere.

All Apple has to do is bring in RCS to iMessage is using as fall back on any negotiations that do not take place between the two owners of the iPhone. All things related to the iPhone can be as it is here. The only difference is that when an iPhone user writes to each other on Android, instead of just saying things up to the professional level of the 80s, the function converts them into RCS – which can provide better messaging information to. everyone, including people on Apple’s side of the equation.

It’s just like iMessage relies on SMS for the same communication now, just relying now, the latest global standard that surpasses SMS in any way.

And don’t let them be fooled: The only reason Apple doesn’t do this is because it could ruin its own powerful ability to keep locked people in iOS and make it harder for them to leave. Apple alone has said well he said again, even in conversation that was not intended for public speaking.

The reason, yes: The disruption that is going on here is Apple’s problem. Apple prioritizes its business needs based on the experiences of its users. It’s incredibly crippling, and it’s awful.

But that is only half the story.

Step 2: Yes, it’s Google’s problem

When a now The gradual mismatch of communications between Android and iOS devices is due to Apple’s stubbornness, the reason we are in the first crisis is the problem of one company and only one company.

Who do you think it is?

Yes: By Google.

Let me remind you: Google once was a world-wide messaging service that is widely accepted and widely available. Integrated current text messages and existing SMS (at the time) as a return.

It was like iMessage, in other words – except in contrast to what Apple offers, that was not blocked and restricted to use on Google platforms or devices. It was everywhere. It was also created in Gmail. Almost everyone seemed to have it. Google was lucky.

The service I’m talking about is none other than Hangouts – a popular Google platform and the latest version of Google Talk. Hangouts, like the iPhone iMessage, was already installed on all Android devices and served as a standard and predictable standard for sending messages across the universe. But you can too get it on iOS, online, and from anywhere else you can think of.

Hangouts is clearly designed to be a “single communication app” for “users to rely on,” as a well-known adult. placed in 2013. And it did an excellent job of accomplishing that purpose. It turned out to be one job that did it all – and hide, though, since 2013! – and it already existed almost everywhere.

And then – well, you know, don’t you? Googled. The company eventually saw something shiny, messed up, and moved on, like a squirrel that is easy to confuse. It gave up his efforts at Hangouts, initiated about a million some disruptive services, left about half of the ’em’ about the same time, leaving everyone a state of constant confusion about what the hell is going on and the program or activity they should be using at any given time.

And, who can say, the lack of a stable and clear way to connect messages on Android caused missing for any specific level of messaging on Android.

As my favorite writer has always said back in 2016:

Instead of developing one of the best apps ever for standard on its platforms – and update and update the app over time – Google just releases new apps and platforms from time to time. …

Google has a way of communicating with the crowd and not texting, but any such ideas seem to appeal to business objectives in terms of user experience. And here’s the real problem: Google’s messaging system is no longer compatible with what is best for users, especially those on their own platform.

Sound familiar? It has to.

And you have this: Apple may be guilty of refusing to support the current system and happily shut down users in the chicken coop, but Google is 100% responsible for allowing things to get this far. in the beginning – and in making its recent commitment to RCS, as exciting and consistent as it can be, it sounds like a little, very late.

Simple and easy, and confusing. And while I’m trying to point the finger at Apple just for having a problem with a connected, connected future – and realizing that Apple is prioritizing consumer preferences – the reality is that Google is simply guilty of failing to follow a single messaging system all these years and allowing things to get in the way of disruption.

‘It was a time when Google was seen as a global leader and when apple was fear For Google authority instead of text messages. Google messed up this – badly – and was so impressed that (a) the goal of giving Android the right amount of communication grew exponentially with anything cross-face announced by (b) it it became impossible take whatever the company said about the “vision” of the future of communications seriously, because history shows that the new vision will be abandoned and forgotten within a few months.

Google has brought us here, and Apple is now enjoying its opportunity and doing all it can to keep us here. It’s everyone’s problem. And the biggest problem of all is that for now, it is hard to see the obvious way.

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