Google is trying again to convince Apple to accept RCS in iMessage; but this time it’s targeting iPhone users.
Google’s “Get the Message(Opens in a new window)” webpage highlights the LCD of iPhone and Android messages. Everyone loses encryption; typing indicators; and read receipts enabled by Apple’s iMessage and Google-backed Rich Communications Services (RCS); or “chat features” in Android.
“Apple creates problems when we text from iPhones and Android phones; but doesn’t fix them;” the page says. Apple converts iPhone and Android messages to SMS and MMS; 90s and 00s technology.
Subsequent paragraphs stress how iPhone users lack capabilities they appreciate in talks with other iPhone users. Without read receipts and typing indicators; you can’t tell if your Android pals received and read your text.
SMS and MMS don’t allow end-to-end encryption; thus cross-platform chats aren’t private.
One-to-one Android chats feature end-to-end encryption with “e2e” security coming later this year. It’s tougher to secure communications between apps and platforms.)
Apple has never delivered an iMessage client for Android; and court records revealed that the Cupertino; Calif., corporation refused a port because it could impair iMessage’s customer lock-in impact.
Google has tried to convince Apple
Google has tried to convince Apple to introduce RCS to iMessage, most notably at its I/O developer conference in May. Apple has a history of disregarding consumer requests that don’t fit its product vision.
Google having trouble implementing RCS on Android. It didn’t get all three major carriers to release its own Messages app until 2021; leaving a huge installed base of Android phones with carrier- or manufacturer-specific apps that don’t speak RCS. Google Voice still lacks RCS functionality.
Google has yet to supply third-party developers with the code infrastructure they’d need to add RCS compatibility to SMS-capable apps like Signal and WhatsApp; which Google’s new page recommends for iPhone users who want to avoid today’s “broken experience” of cross-platform communication.
Signal’s developers criticise Google for not delivering the right API; and Google hasn’t said when it would deploy that framework.
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