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Why Android Messaging Is So Terrible

Hint: It’s all Apple’s fault

Megan Morrone

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In my former existence as a tech podcaster, I used to modify telephones, smartwatches, and drugs with my co-host for all the month of January. He used to be an Android man and I used to be all Apple always. This used to be all the time an entertaining experiment (to us anyway) and made for lots of excellent discussions that you’ll be able to nonetheless watch on YouTube should you‘ve were given some additional time for your arms.

For probably the most section, I liked my time with Android. I preferred customizing my house display (even though Apple allows you to do this now), sending Star Wars holograms with the primary Pixel telephone, and simply finding out a distinct cellular OS. But what I all the time hated used to be messaging. It wasn’t simply figuring out that I used to be changing into a inexperienced bubble for my buddies, even though that used to be abhorrent (I’m exaggerating…slightly). The actual ache used to be that Apple (used to, no less than), make it very tricky to depart iMessage. Switching to SMS broke the capability of workforce texts I’d began. I couldn’t ship or obtain some messages, however no longer all messages, which used to be by some means worse. It’s no longer like I don’t message with someone who makes use of Android. It’s simply that switching from side to side isn’t simple. And I’m positive that is through design.

It’s no longer like Google and others haven’t attempted to get a hold of a approach to this downside that Apple created. In his tale, “(*1*)Death through 1,000 Cuts: How iMessage Complicated Texting on Android,” Omar Zahran explains, “Google is making an attempt to re-create iMessage with out the total keep an eye on that Apple has over its {hardware} and instrument dating and the effects had been a combined bag.” Read Zahran’s complete tale about how the introduction of iMessage in 2021 suits into the bigger historical past of cellular messaging and the way textual content messaging on Android may well be progressed.