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Google SVP Says Apple is Holding Back the Industry and Users By Not Supporting New Messaging Standard

Google SVP Says Apple is Holding Back the Industry and Users By Not Supporting New Messaging Standard

Posted January 11, 2022 at 4:42pm by iClarified · 4307 views
Google SVP Hiroshi Lockheimer has followed up on his tweet accusing Apple of using iMessage to bully users into buying iPhones.

Lockheimer notes that Google isn't asking Apple to make iMessage available on Android. Rather it want the company to support the industry standard for modern messaging (RCS), just like they support the older SMS / MMS standards.

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Why is this important? Phone number-based messaging is the fallback that we all know will work. If you want to reach someone and you don’t know whether they use app x y or z, you have high confidence that sending them a text (SMS) will work. That’s because it’s a standard and supported by essentially all mobile devices. That’s probably why Apple supported SMS to begin with.

SMS has evolved, and it’s better. You can see read receipts, typing indicators, better groups, secure 1:1 messages (groups coming soon) etc. That new standard is called RCS, and it’s available now. Supporting RCS would improve the experience for both iOS and Android users alike. That’s right, RCS will also improve the experience and privacy for iOS users.

By not incorporating RCS, Apple is holding back the industry and holding back the user experience for not only Android users but also their own customers.
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Apple has yet to comment on supporting the RCS standard. You can download the iClarified app or follow iClarified on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and RSS for updates.


Google SVP Says Apple is Holding Back the Industry and Users By Not Supporting New Messaging Standard
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Alfonso73
Alfonso73 - January 11, 2022 at 7:04pm
We are very pleased that we are as Apple users. We will not used from Android. If Google developers can't do this, that's their problem. Apple means security.
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