Apple's Reason For Not Bringing iMessage to Android Revealed

Apple's Reason For Not Bringing iMessage to Android Revealed

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Apple's reason for not bringing its popular iMessage service to Android was revealed in an Epic Games legal filing this week.

According to Epic Games, SVP Eddy Cue testified that Apple “could have made a version on Android that worked with iOS” such that there would “have been cross-compatibility with the iOS platform so that users of both platforms would have been able to exchange messages with one another seamlessly”. (Cue Dep. 92:5-9; 92:11-16.)

SVP Craig Federighi feared that “iMessage on Android would simply serve to remove [an] obstacle to iPhone families giving their kids Android phones”. (PX407, at ‘122.)

Phil Schiller agreed that Apple should not offer iMessage on Android devices. (Cue
Dep. 92:18-93:1.).

In 2016, when a former Apple employee commented that “the #1 most difficult [reason] to leave the Apple universe app is iMessage. . . iMessage amounts to serious lock-in” to the Apple ecosystem, Mr. Schiller commented that “moving iMessage to Android will hurt us more than help us, this email illustrates why”. (PX416, at ‘610; Cue Dep. 114:14-115:2.)

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Apple's Reason For Not Bringing iMessage to Android Revealed

aw13 - April 13, 2021 at 3:44am
I’m glad they never did.
DonSinRostro - April 12, 2021 at 2:35pm
It’s not what the good LordT intended iMessage on a android device is an abomination?
J Desai - April 10, 2021 at 2:28am
I don’t think so. This may be true, initially. Today, there exists multiple cross platform messenger services.
DarkKent - April 9, 2021 at 7:55pm
BS. iMessage. iPhone. I don't have to open my messages up to your phones. There are plenty of cross platform messaging services where you can do the same thing so this is invalid. If coming with iMessage makes you buy and and Android over an iPhone you're just dumb
1reader - April 9, 2021 at 4:56pm
I see only green in their eyes 💰👀 Bs... they think only of their bottom line (which is ok for them, bad for us)
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