Android messages have been around for some time. The first time we heard about it, we remembered its similarity to Apple’s iMessage. For the Android community, the Android messages have been anticipated and we are glad that it is here. More updates and features will be introduced in the future, but for now, please try to enjoy the program to communicate with family, friends and colleagues. It’s mostly helpful now, especially since social distancing is further encouraged. Between the two, iMessage and Android Messages, Apple’s version is more established. Of course, they are for different platforms but each can learn from the other.
But what if iMessage gets an Android version? That is a possibility that can be explored. Actually, Apple executive Eddy Cue wanted to bring iMessage to Android as early as 2013. That was almost eight years ago. We can imagine that the messaging platform on Android would be different now.
Cue’s suggestion he was ignored before because other executives disagreed with him. Earlier there was talk that the possible expansion of iMessage could harm Apple more than help the company.
The intention was to succeed in the business of messaging applications. Back then iMessage was useful among iOS / Mac users. It could have been bigger if an Android version had been developed. The plan was not fulfilled because many Apple executives thought it was not a good idea.
Cue thought that bringing iMessage to Android would help Apple succeed in some areas. Back then, Google was already successful when it came to web browsers (Chrome), the free video-sharing app (YouTube), and search. Apple was able to get into the messaging business with iMessage but nothing happened. We also remember saying in 2016 that iMessage would not be coming to Android anytime soon.
A similar discussion has been heard about FaceTime. Apparently Steve Jobs wanted FaceTime to be available for other platforms, but eventually restricted it to iOS.