Mobile OSs Why are we ok with Apple still not providing a built-in IM to chat with other phones?

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by Calidude, Aug 3, 2012.

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Should Apple provide iOS with built-in IM to chat with other phone?

  1. No, iMessage is the only built-in IM on iOS and it should stay that way.

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  2. Yes, I'd like built-in IM on iOS to chat with other people outside of iMessage.

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    Calidude

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    iMessage is great. Don't get me wrong. It really is a great feature, but let me get this clear, it ONLY works with iPhones and iPods and Macs. Before you guys say "well you can talk to other phones its called texting hurr durr" its not the same as IM/chat, which is what iMessage is.

    Let's compare this to Android:

    With Android, you have a built-in feature called Google Talk. Anybody with a Google account on any computer or any phone can use their web browser or download an app to chat with an Android user who activates their built-in Google Talk, which is on by default. Therefore, you don't have to have a phone or even an Android phone to chat with somebody walking around with their Android phone, without them having to download another app.

    If they have an iPhone however, you have to have an iPhone, iPod or Mac to chat with the iPhone user's built-in capability for IM chat.

    Now, lets compare this to Windows Phone:

    Windows Phone has built-in Live and Facebook chat. It's even more powerful than Android or iPhone by default in this because anybody with a Live or Facebook account can chat from any computer or other kind of smartphone with somebody who owns a Windows Phone, without the WP user having to download another app.

    If they have an iPhone however, you have to have an iPhone, iPod or Mac to chat with the iPhone user's built-in capability for IM chat.

    So clearly, iMessage is only good for Apple users who only IM with other Apple users, while Android and Windows Phone have built-in functionality to allow you to communicate with other kinds of phones and computers even if you can't text them due to international charges and such. With an iPhone, I'd have to download an app to IM with somebody on a Windows PC or an Android phone while they can't even IM with my phone from a web browser unless I get that app and leave it on.

    How can this all be fixed? In one of the following ways.
    1. Apple must bring the iOS Messages app to par with the Messages client on OSX Mountain Lion, allowing iPhone users to chat with users from AIM, Yahoo, Google Talk, Jabber, etc.
    2. Apple must make apps for other smartphones and PC's that allow them to chat with iMessage users.
    Guess which way is the common sense way to go about this?

    So that brings me to my final question: Why are we ok with Apple allowing built-in IM chat to only happen between Apple users? Shouldn't we be demanding that extra built-in IM functionality for iDevices?
     
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    iMessage isn't so much an instant messaging client but more of an SMS replacement. The fact that a message is going over iMessage rather than using SMS should be mostly invisible to the end user and the concept of a user being online or offline dosnt really exist.

    If you want AIM, Windows Live Messenger or another IM service you have loads apps that give you this functionality to choose from.
     
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    1) Text messaging is far more popular than IM on phones.
    2) You can download any IM client you want on an iPhone.
    3) In my experience, most Android users don't use Google Talk. Your mileage may vary.
    4) "Presence" is hard to manage between a phone and other devices.
     
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    Blackberry made this their focus. It didn't work.

    p.s You come back from a "Time out" to start another "negative" Apple thread. Interesting.

    You don't work on the Android/MS board of directors do you?
     
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    That's what I need, another app built into my phone that I will never use and can't remove.:confused:


    If you want a IM program there are many in the App store.
     
  6. *Calypso*, Aug 3, 2012
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    I'm not a fan of any proprietary instant messenger protocols, but even less of every company coming up with its own standard messenger App. Yes, Google Talk is available on other platforms, so is Samsung's ChatOn. iMessage and BBM are not and will probably never be, but that's not even the major problem.

    The problem is that it's simply ridiculous to use iMessage, Google Talk, ChatOn and other messengers side by side when there is a pretty convenient independent instant messenger called WhatsApp.

    So instead of using Messenger.app to chat with my iOS-friends, Google Talk to chat with my Android-friends and ChatOn to chat with my Bada-friends, I use WhatsApp to chat with all of them (okay, technically I can't chat with Bada-friends because it's not yet supported, but luckily they declined to zero recently).

    My point is: We already have the problem that there are too many mobile operating systems out there. Compared to the computer world, where there are basically three operating systems, Windows, OS X and Linux, there are iOS, Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry OS, Bada, Symbian, MeeGo, Firefox OS and more to come. Now these companies come up with their own instant messaging solution in each mobile OS, with none inter-compatible and some proprietary.

    I understand the manufacturer's ambition to come up with a "cool" messaging solution, but for the customers it's a total disaster, because you can barely convince any of your friends to choose an independent messenger like WhatsApp when they are already used to the pre-installed messenger. So my Android-friends will tell me to install Google Talk, my Bada-friends to get ChatOn and Blackberry- and iPhone-people will simply tell you to get an BlackBerry or and iPhone.

    If Apple really wants to make us happy they give us an Messenger-API in iOS, so I can choose the IM that I want to integrate in Messenger.app. But we all know this will never happen, because Apple wants to get as many people as possible caught in their proprietary ecosystem - and iMessage is an easy way to do that.
     
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    I don't care.
     
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    it doesnt matter to me. 80% of people i know have an iphone, and the other 20% are looking to get the new iphone.

    8 out of 10 contacts that im texting with are blue :D
     
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    The easier solution is just text messaging. Shared data plans are already here in the US with unlimited text messaging. Another year or two and many carriers will give up on trying to make money from text messages from smartphones.
     
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    Uh this is just extra functionality for a system app, not an extra app.
     
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    Built in where? In the messages.app? Like iMessage?
     
  12. KnightWRX, Aug 3, 2012
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    Google Talk uses XMPP, which is not a proprietary protocol at all.

    In fact, iChat supports XMPP and uses it in its iChat Server component. So iChat and Google Talk are compatible as far as IM goes.

    What Apple has failed to do though is bring iChat to iOS. Instead, they made a BBM bastard called iMessage, made a seperate app for it on Mac instead of using the already existing iChat, forcing users to use multiple applications on Mac, and being left to 3rd parties to integrate XMPP support on iOS.

    Why... who knows. Apple always does stuff like this unfortunately.

    (EDIT : Just to point out, I actually love iMessage. I don't have a SMS plan and with iMessage, don't really have a need for one anymore).
     
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    Yes.
     
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    If Apple does everything it will really put a boot on the throat of the 3rd party developers.

    Should they add all of Camera+'s features to the camera too? Does it help anyone if they cut off the competition for these kind of apps right up front, leading to no competition in those spaces?

    I have a Facebook chat app and a Google chat app. And on that front I actually have choices as to which Google chat app I want. Isn't that a wonderful thing? Why crush that?
     
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    Sure, but failing to integrate XMPP, a protocol they use on the Mac in their own server and client offerings through iChat, is a little daft. Your Camera+ analogy really doesn't apply.
     
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    Gotcha, if they go that route they might as well make it compatible with AOL, MSN, Yahoo, Google chat, iCQ, myfreewebcams, and whatever other messaging program is used out there. With the ability to turn off too of course. I wouldn't have a problem with that, but a new app that I can't remove would suck.
     
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    Because I think Apple can do some things better on their OS than 3rd party developers can.

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    I already said it should just have the same functionality as the Messages app on OSX. That would be more than enough. Heck, even just XMPP support would be enough since Google Talk, Yahoo and Live are going that route with XMPP
     
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    I'm not really clear how that would work. Mostly, I'm not a huge fan of programs that mix up different 'friend' networks. I don't want my Facebook friends mixed in with my address book. So how do you manage that? 2 different contact lists within the same program?

    It starts to turn into "what's the point?" then. If a single app is going to be heavily segmented, I might as well have 2 apps at that point. At least then you can get different notifications/sounds from each app so you know what's coming in.


    Ok, maybe they can. But I'd still prefer they make a unique app for each network. If Apple wants to make a G-Chat app and a Facebook app, go for it. So I didn't vote on your poll because I don't want all those things combined, so neither answer really seems to do it for me.
     
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    Since I don't have a MAC I wouldn't know what that meant. (actually your first post was too long to bother reading)
     
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    XMPP is an open IM standard that lets IM users chat across different networks.

    Support for that would be perfect for the Messages app. We'd have built-in IM for a number of networks and it would make things just great.
     
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    Yeah, but not everybody wants to pay for unlimited text messaging - the corresponding amount of data needed for instant messaging is always cheaper! Also, you cannot group chat with text messages.

    I, for example, only pay for a data plan, text messages are pay as you go and I don't see why I should spend a single cent on them when I can use iMessage and WhatsApp as much as I want over 3G.
     
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    Well, clarify something for me.

    Does that mean I could use account A to communicate with networks B, C, and D? Just log into A and go?

    THAT would be good. If I can log into one thing and talk to everyone else, cool!

    But what I'm used to is apps that make you simultaneously log in to account A, B, C, and D. You know, like an email program.

    I have no interest in that. It's just confusing. Who am I sending to? Where am I sending from? Oops, I need to switch over to the proper network! If I have to log into 4 networks, then just give me 4 apps.
     
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    A follow-up question might be: Why are we ok with Google allowing built-in IM chat to only happen between Google Talk users? :D
     
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    Seems like a world of hurt for the average user though. The OS would have to keep connections open to all these different Instant messaging networks, reconnect whenever they lose connection and track online/offline state for everyone. None of these complications exist with SMS/iMessage. Not to mention the bloat it would add to the existing messaging app and the potential hit on battery life.

    Personally I see SMS/iMessage as a completely different paradigm to IM and therefore they should be kept apart.
     
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    Use Twitter.
     

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