Back in November, Apple launched it’s much-hyped Apple Music app on the Google Play Store, breaking the longstanding exclusivity of Apple’s services to mainly iOS and OS X. Apple’s CEO Tim Cook hoped to attract as many paid subscribers as possible, even if it means opening up and making Apple Music available on rival platforms like the Galaxy S6.
Now it seems the Messages app, the centerpiece of Apple’s suite of online services, is due for the same treatment.
According to an insider source, Tim Cook reportedly talked to his staff in an internal event about Apple Music being “a way of testing the waters for growing its services division through other platforms.” If this is true, then expect more of Apple’s services to hit Android, including Messages.
This piece of news is particularly interesting for developers of third-party messaging apps like Viber or Line, who rely on this disconnect between iOS and Android to bridge communications among users of the two platforms. If my friend could receive my iMessages on his Android phone, why do I need to download anything else on my iPhone 6s when Apple’s Messages app is already pre-installed?
Personally, I’d like to see Apple’s Messages app make its debut on Android. Hopefully soon, so I could get rid of all my other messaging apps and save memory space.
As a Community member, what do you think? Do you want to be able to send and receive iMessages on your Android phone?