A Google executive calls on Apple to adopt a standard for all electronic communications

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Will Android and iPhone users ever be able to communicate using the same messaging app? Photo: Florence Ion / Gizmodo

techno.rentetan.com – It is just RCS support that the Android head of the firm is requesting, not an iMessage app. Once again, people are speculating about Apple’s unwillingness to cooperate with Android devices. Hiroshi Lockheimer, Google’s senior vice president for Android, is taking Apple to task over the green bubble debate and encouraging the business to adopt a new text messaging standard that would make cross-platform communication simpler.

“It’s a documented technique,” tweeted Lockheimer on Saturday, adding that Apple employs peer pressure and intimidation to sell its goods despite its marketing focusing upon “humanity and equality.”

RCS, or Rich Communication Services, is a term used by Lockheimer to describe Apple’s lack of support for the service. After a year-long battle, the messaging standard has successfully brought all Android devices together on a single texting platform. RCS is supported by all three main US airlines. As with Apple Messages on Apple devices, it’s included within the Google Messages software, which comes pre-installed on all Android smartphones. Apple is the lone remaining impediment to the standardization of RCS across mobile devices.

After first saying that his tweets were an attack on Apple’s decision not to introduce iMessage to Android, Lockheimer now says they are not an attack on Apple. As an alternative, he wants RCS to be supported in iMessage as SMS/MMS is in the current version of the operating system. A year after making the same appeal, he volunteered to assist Apple install RCS.

Lockheimer argues that RCS adoption by Apple would also increase the number of people able to communicate with each other.

Lockheimer tweeted, “Phone number-based texting is the backup.” Sending a text message (SMS) is the best way to get in touch with someone if you don’t know whether they use app x, y, or z. Lockheimer thinks this is “probably why Apple supported SMS to begin with,” since it’s a standard that has long been supported by mobile devices.

Lockheimer is correct in his assessment. Both iOS and Android users would benefit from RCS support. In the words of a veteran Android user, this means that I may now securely communicate with my family and friends who use iPhones without the need for a third-party software.

Also to blame for the haphazard message strategy that Google still hasn’t sorted out and reduced is Google itself. There are now many messaging services available from Google, including Google Messages, Google Chat/Hangouts, and Google Voice. Chatting with business owners is also possible via other Google products, such as Google Photos and Google Maps Business Messages.

One thing Lockheimer got right was the fact that a person’s phone number is a universal method to find whether they’re using a messaging service. In addition to text messaging, apps like Signal, Telegram, and WhatsApp are used by the same folks I interact with. My loved ones and I fall back on one of the previously stated backups when Google Messages isn’t able to do a certain job due to platform differences, such as sending a huge video file or using end-to-end encryption.

In my opinion, Apple has no motivation to implement RCS since its consumers don’t mind being locked in, even if it’s bothersome to their Android buddies.

Third-party and first-party chats should all be integrated into a single messaging platform to make it easy for Google’s users to switch between them. Earlier this year, we learned that Chrome OS’s phone app would be able to take advantage of this ubiquitous use. So that Apple’s choices aren’t taken into account, Google might make Android better by streamlining its own messaging applications and giving one-click access to all of the options.