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Google says Apple’s texting is stuck in the 1990s

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TL;DR

  • Calling out the lack of RCS messaging support on iPhones yet again, Google has published a blog post saying that Apple’s texting is stuck in the 1990s.
  • Google wrote that after 30 years of SMS texting, it’s truly time for Apple to stop dragging its heels and adopt RCS.

Both companies have locked horns on the issue for a while now, with Apple refusing to adopt the messaging protocol. The Cupertino company prefers locking its users into iMessage and has time and again junked plans to launch an Android version of the app or enable RCS on iPhones.

“Most of the mobile world is using RCS, but there is one company that’s dragging its heels. But after 30 years of SMS texting, it’s truly time,” Neena Budhiraja, Group Product Manager for Messages by Google, wrote in the blog post.

She goes on to list three reasons for upgrading to RCS, including security thanks to encryption, an upgraded conversation experience with real-time typing indicators, read receipts, and more, and the universality of the protocol that allows for a uniform texting experience across devices.

Their texting is stuck in the 1990s.

“Today, all of the major mobile carriers and manufacturers have adopted RCS as the standard — except for Apple. Apple refuses to adopt RCS and continues to rely on SMS when people with iPhones message people with Android phones, which means their texting is stuck in the 1990s,” said Google. “Hopefully, Apple can #GetTheMessage, so we don’t have to keep waiting to remove the whole green-versus-blue bubble thing.”