iMessage doesn't really complete if it isn't available on Android, surely?

Discussion in 'iOS 10' started by shenfrey, Jun 14, 2016.

  1. shenfrey macrumors 68000

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    It is trying to keep up - and best - its rivals such as Facebook messenger and whatsapp, but its all in vain and won't stand a chance unless it opens its self up to Android users, or am I completely missing the point?
     
  2. The Game 161 macrumors G5

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    but surely doing this will lose apple customers to android. For alot imessage and facetime is what keeps some people with apple
     
  3. AustinIllini macrumors demi-god

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    No Android user is going to default to iMessage.
     
  4. shenfrey thread starter macrumors 68000

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    heh, then Apple finds its self in a ruthless catch 22.
     
  5. dannyyankou macrumors 603

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    Honestly if they brought iMessage to Andorid I would probably buy a Galaxy S7.
     
  6. Tubamajuba macrumors 68000

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    Not really. Apple and iMessage are doing just fine as they are.
     
  7. shenfrey thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I wouldn't know, I only use it for 2 people. The rest is what's app and messenger.
     
  8. Tubamajuba macrumors 68000

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    For me, it's the opposite. Almost everyone I know uses iMessage, I use Facebook Messenger as a secondary method of communication with one or two people, and I've never used Whatsapp nor do I know anybody who does.

    Quite honestly, I don't think having different messaging apps is a huge problem anyways. The important thing is that you have convenient ways to communicate with the people in your lives, regardless of which app you use to do so.
     
  9. The Game 161 macrumors G5

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    i only text one alot for imessage but it's better for me to due to how it all syncs with my ipad and macbook.
     
  10. I7guy macrumors G5

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    It's not trying to keep up, it doesn't need to keep up. It's apples secure messaging platform and is one hundreds of millions of devices. Apple enhancing it for iOS 10 shows it's not going anywhere.
     
  11. Julien macrumors G3

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    Keep in mind that Apple didn't say Messages wasn't coming to Android. Since iOS 10 is in beta until fall it is possible it is way too early to announce an Android version. It could be announced in the fall, or not.
     
  12. chrf097 macrumors 68040

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    Just because something is exclusive to a platform doesn't mean it can't compete.

    The Apple Watch is iOS only, it's a competitor. For a good while, the iPod was Mac only, and it was a competitor.
     
  13. Michael Goff macrumors G3

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    Being tied to one platform doesn't make it any less good.
     
  14. Rogifan macrumors P6

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    The only way Apple will bring it to Android is if they can make money off of it. And that still probably wouldn't offset the lost revenue from people leaving iPhone. I'll bet there's a sizeable enough population that would go Android if iMessage was on it.
     
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    For me, umm, good if they do. Nothing lose if they don't.
    I now use Tapatalk to reply. Safari in macrumours is super buggy in beta 1
     
  17. Dwalls90 macrumors 601

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    I'm not sure that locking it to Apple devices only will keep people on Apple devices - a loss in sales would be negligible.

    I would love to have it so I could ditch Google Hangouts at work, since I use that on my Work PC to talk to friends, to avoid being on my phone constantly. I also have a friend in our group that just moved to Android, and that screwed up our all-iMessage group chat.

    So even though I don't see myself ditching Apple products, it would enhance my life as a user if it were made available through web browsers and Android.
     
  18. AustinIllini macrumors demi-god

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    More likely it will have people switch to other services. Just ask Blackberry.
     
  19. ianrip macrumors 6502

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    I love my ios devices, however messaging is the single most used app in all smartphones globally, Google are about to launch Allo, which will give the current messaging kings a run for their money, as for me I use imessage, FB Messenger, and what's app, maybe google are too late as most of us are already using some sort of app, and the problem is moving our friends over to any new app takes a long time and a good sales pitch. the new imessage looks okay but its restricted to ios only, if I were to recommend 1 app right now, I'd say the FB messenger is the best as of 15.06.16
     
  20. I7guy macrumors G5

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    iMessage is about the best there is; functionally rich, secure, single platform and easy to use. As I'm not on Facebook and nobody I know uses hangouts, sms is used most after iMessage bit it's as utilitarian as one can get.
     
  21. ashindnile macrumors 6502

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    Apple also didn't say iOS won't be open sourced.. Or that the bootloader won't be unlocked. ;)
     
  22. Rogifan macrumors P6

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    There is no reason for Apple to make this cross-platform right away (if ever). The business models of Google and Facebook require them to have as many eyeballs as possible so of course they're going to be on every platform.

    I hope this means Apple is really going to up their game with all their 1st party apps. Stop being OK with everyone using Google, Facebook and Microsoft apps because of mediocre 1st party apps.
     
  23. Hanterdro macrumors member

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    Not really. Most of my friends use Android :) So iMessage is useless for me.
     
  24. spooky2k macrumors 6502a

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    Improving the experience of Android isn't Apple's problem. If you want it that bad, get an iPhone. They're under zero obligation to create it for Android.
     
  25. rogerbarton macrumors member

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    iMessage is one of Apple's integration techniques - like Handoff, now Apple Pay and unlocking your Mac with Apple Watch.

    It's a great way to keep people locked into the Apple ecosystem, even lure people over (if they have one device but none other). But it is not, and never was, designed to lock out the social messaging space.
     

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