Google accuses Apple of profiting from the harassment. It was about SMS

In December 2022, SMSs will celebrate their 30th birthday. As they have survived for so many years in an almost unchanged form, it is no wonder that from today’s perspective this technology is highly archaic.

Many users prefer to use instant messaging, which allows you to create group chats, share high-quality multimedia files, send messages over a Wi-Fi network at no additional cost and are not burdened with a low character limit.

For many years, work has been underway on standards that can be considered successors of SMS messages. In 2011, Apple introduced the iMessage protocol, which is associated with a phone number, but gives iPhone users access to functions previously reserved for instant messaging. Google, on the other hand, is pushing through a competitive standard called RCS.

This is where the problem arises, because the creators of the two largest operating systems are developing two mutually incompatible communication standards.

Google: “Apple’s iMessage benefits from harassment”

The Wall Street Journal has published a comprehensive one reportage on Reasons Why American Teenagers Choose iPhones. To a large extent, it is said to be about social pressure.

When the iPhone user gets a message from another iPhone user, the message balloon is blue. Otherwise it is green.

In theory, such a color marking tells the user whether the person can, for example, be sent a high-resolution photo or join a group chat. In practice, however Android users are branded by green speech bubbles and they become the object of mockery. Some teenagers even refuse to date “greens”.

In Poland & hairsp; – & hairsp; where Apple has a minority stake in & hairsp; – & hairsp; the scale of the problem is rather small, but in the United States it is different. According StatCountera, 59 percent of them use iOS there. users. The percentage is even higher among the teenagers who feel pressured to buy an iPhone as a resultso as not to be mocked.

The report was made available by Hiroshi Lockheimer & hairsp; – & hairsp; Google’s vice president responsible for Android development. He also appeared on the official system profile on Twitter.

“iMessage shouldn’t take advantage of harassment. Sending messages should bring us closer, and a solution exists. Let’s fix it as one industry,” said Google, which has been trying for years to convince Apple to implement the open standard RCS.

Apple has never concealed the fact that iMessage increases sales of iPhones

Before the RCS protocol came out, the whole world wondered if Apple would make iMessage Messenger available to Android users. However, as we know, it never happened, although such an option was considered.

One of Apple’s high-ranking employees He admitted in 2016 from an interview with The Verge that iMessage Increases iPhone Sales and other devices. This messenger had over a billion active users at the time. In some quarters, buying an Android phone would be condemning yourself to digital exclusion.

Apple and RCS? So far, there is no indication of this

Google is trying to persuade Apple to switch to RCSs not from today. The company has even offered support in implementing the new standard, but Tim Cook remains unfazed.

iMessage is a bubblewhich attracts new users and makes it difficult for the current one to escape to the competition. It’s hard to expect Apple to distort it in the name of a higher good. Especially since & hairsp; – & hairsp; which must be honestly emphasized & hairsp; – & hairsp; iMessage was created much faster than RCS. The prospect of abandoning your own technology in favor of a copy of it is hardly very tempting.

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