Apple doesn’t want to make messages compatible with Android

Apple doesn’t want to make messages compatible with Android
Apple doesn’t want to make messages compatible with Android

Apple doesn’t seem to have any immediate plans to support the RCS messaging standard on iPhones. The standard would make iOS more compatible with Android.

According to Tim Cook (pictured), CEO of Apple, iPhone users are not waiting for the messaging standard. He said that during an interview at the Code Conference. RCS is the successor to the current SMS and MMS standards and has been used by Android for some time. Should iOS support it, it would improve compatibility between Apple’s iMessage and Google’s array of messaging services. Google launched a publicity campaign last month to persuade Apple to do so.

‘Buy her an iPhone’

Cook, however, thinks his users don’t want Apple to spend energy on this, he says. The incompatibility of the standards now mainly causes a visual difference. iMessage users get blue speech bubbles from other iOS users, and green ones from Android. Also, it is not possible to send certain videos from one platform to another. Cook doesn’t see the problem, he says. When asked by a participant in the room what to do if they can’t send their mother some videos, he says: “Buy her an iPhone,” reports tech site The Verge.

So Apple doesn’t seem immediately impressed by Google’s efforts to put pressure on the company. In the US home base, iPhone is therefore the frontrunner in the smartphone market, whereas in the rest of the world it is rather Android. In the country, iMessage is by far the most widely used chat app.

In collaboration with Data News

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