Thoughts about iMessage

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by gman901, Jun 12, 2016.

  1. gman901 macrumors 6502a

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    I recently went back to the iPhone 6S plus because my family is completely iPhone. I used to have the Note 5 and liked it, but it seemed like I was missing out on my family who uses iMessage and FaceTime. I really like my iPhone 6s Plus, but already kind of bored with it. I feel like I am missing the customizations and the ability to use VR. Does anyone think that if Android gets the iMessage app and possibly FaceTime, it would make sense to go back to Android?
     
  2. pacmacman macrumors member

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    Sure but I doubt it's going to happen. Unless Apple is planning on charging a fee to use the service I can't imagine any benefit for Apple in releasing iMessage for Android.
     
  3. gman901 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I hope it doesn't happen! That would keep me from making a potential mistake!
     
  4. nj-morris macrumors 68000

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    It doesn't make sense for them to release it, but I would so love for them to do it. iMessage is one of the strong advantages of iOS. Finally a messaging service that I can use on both my devices.

    If you miss the Android stuff, it's probably more likely not to be a mistake. Why do you think otherwise?
     
  5. grkm3 macrumors 6502a

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    Apple would make 100 million in a year if they released it and charged 1.99 for it

    they would make 100 mill just from galaxy s7 users
     
  6. The Game 161 macrumors G5

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    Still don't see them adding it as while they would make money off using it as a service they would likely lose sales and customers.
     
  7. mountain macrumors 6502

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    there's no way android will inherit imessage but it would be nice though.
     
  8. Cryates macrumors 6502a

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    Why would it not inherit iMessage? It inherited Apple Music.
     
  9. samcraig macrumors P6

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    I guess I don't really see why some people are so attached to iMessage. I guess I'm not a power user. WhatsApp or a regular text works very well for me. A messaging app wouldn't dictate my platform choice. I know there are plenty that do. I just personally don't "get it."
     
  10. epicrayban macrumors 603

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    Ditto.

    I mean, I get it, but to me it's certainly not enough to keep me on iOS. Everyone has different needs, so kudos to them. But as you mentioned, there are so many other popular messaging apps, plus there are regular SMS/MMS texts that most carriers (US) offer unlimited supply of, I just don't find the need to be on a certain platform just for the convenience of messaging. Sure, continuity is great, and it's something Hangouts/Allo should eventually adopt (honestly, still shocked it isn't part of Allo. Just baffling on Google's part). Until then, it's not a feature so paramount to my day to day communications that I must stay on iOS to have that feature.

    The majority of my family, friends, and coworkers have iPhones. I have zero problems chatting with them.

    I can't help but think of BBM when people used to say they stay with RIM just for BBM. You get very similar responses often: "I can't leave iOS because of iMessage." With the proliferation of chat/messaging apps today, such a saying just doesn't ring necessary to me.
     
  11. timeconsumer macrumors 65816

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    Apple Music is a subscription based service though right?

    With Google's changes in Android N (Vulkan, JIT compiler, seamless updates and file based encryption) it's hard to stay with iOS. I hope Apple releases iMessage on android, even if they charge a subscription.
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    I love WhatsApp, the problem is the majority of my friends and family are using iMessage. This makes it so much easier to text them. I would prefer if they switched over to WhatsApp but they aren't going to.
     
  12. samcraig macrumors P6

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    Well that sucks for him. I don't get that either really. You don't have to "switch" - you just install WhatsApp and it's another option. I know some just insist on only using one "platform" (and in most cases, I prefer not to spread things around) but when it comes to messaging - I don't care. I don't really even pay attention to much when a message comes in if it's a text, hangout, FB Messenger or WhatsApp. I just reply. And if I'm sending a message out and I don't know what platform another person has (which is rare) - I send a text which is ubiquitous.
     
  13. timeconsumer macrumors 65816

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    Sorry I should have clarified, I didn't mean to switch to WhatsApp as the only platform, I meant to switch our conversations from iMessage to WhatsApp but probably could have phrased that better. Right now on my iPhone I use: iMessage/SMS/MMS, WhatsApp, Hangouts and Line. Now that you mention it I really do not care either, but it's super convenient when my sister can send a group message of my nephew playing sports to 5+ people all over iMessage. The quality is great over iMessage, not so great over MMS. Now if my sister/family moved conversations to WhatsApp, we would have that same level of functionality just with no OS requirement. But they are all extremely basic users so explaining this to them wouldn't be easy.
     
  14. samcraig macrumors P6

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    Gotcha... Our house is not divided - our families are. But thankfully there's WhatsApp (which they do use) and Tango.
     
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    try searching on twitter for green bubble - it is really crazy the kind of social stigma that seems to be attached to it. I am really curious how it even happened. I wager most of these people dont even understand the difference between sms and imessage (yes i am judging their handles and twitter photos). they really look down on it
     
  16. samcraig macrumors P6

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    It's a lack of maturity thing. People should respect that everyone has their own use case and should use the tech they enjoy.
     
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    every once and awhile you will see someone refer to image compression, but most of the time it is a screenshot of just text - where there is literally no difference between the methods (except the color of the bubbles)

    it is like being tech racist, even crazier is that it is largely minorities
     

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