Apple announces third-party app support and new features for iMessage

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  • craig0r

    oh goddamnit. I thought “expanded platform” might mean like… other platforms. *coughandroidcough*

    • Bok Choy

      I thought so, too! What a disappointment…

    • clee666

      where is iMessage for Windows?

    • gommer strike

      Naw Android users don’t care to use iMessage, in fact it would be spat on and treated with derision, just like Apple Music.

      After all there’s hangouts, Duo, Allo, Google Messenger, WhatsApp, WeChat, Signal, LINE, KaoKaoTalk, etc etc etc.

    • jay

      not really there are a lot teens they using iPhone because of iMessages. they would love to use an android but all there friends using it and end up with a crappy iPhone 5c

    • danbob333

      If your friends won’t talk to you unless you have an iPhone… well I am sorry but you have no real friends.

    • jay

      Well not me is my son and most of the kids using ios devices and that’s how they stay in touch maybe Facebook messages is another option

    • danbob333

      You son is probably not a real friend to another kid then.

    • gommer strike

      That’s a little inflammatory don’t you think.

      The US is the only market where Apple has a fairly significant market share. Everywhere else in the world is predominantly Android and thus uses the favored chat client for that region(Japan is LINE, China is WeChat, Korea is KaoKaoTalk, etc).

      In the case of US and many teenagers to be specific, iMessage can and does happen to be the de facto standard. Do the refuse to talk to you just because you’re on Android, Windows Phone or Blackberry? No, not at all. But you may feel left out if they are sharing iMessages between each other.

      Something like this doesn’t matter to you and me, because it’s been easily several decades since we were teenagers. But it can and does matter to some teens.

    • Eluder

      38% of the Canadian market is iPhone, I’d say that’s pretty significant as well. I personally would have loved to see iMessage on Android, it means I would dump my iPhone and go full time on Android again. Only reason I’m on the iPhone is to use iMessage with a few important people in my life that happen to live in different countries.

    • It’s Me

      Well, the US and Australia (38.2%), China (22.2%), Japan (50%) and the top 5 EU countries (19%). Perhaps they don’t have majority in those countries, but certainly significant share.

      http://i-cdn.phonearena.com/images/articles/235999-image/ios-vs-android-market-share-china-europe-usa.jpg

    • danbob333

      not significant enough so that one can have no friends without an iPhone.

    • danbob333

      It’s not inflammatory it’s the truth. If your so-called “friends” talk with each other, but not with you only because you don’t have an iPhone, they are not real friends.

      iMessage isn’t de facto standard in the states. Android has majority market share even there. Teenagers (with low budget) probably have even less iPhones.

    • gommer strike

      I think what we should do is grab all the people together who insist that iMessage is huge(especially if it was introduced for Android), and grab all the people who disagree, put them into the same room, sit back and watch the arguments.

      We all know that Apple’s the underdog when it comes to world-wide marketshare, that’s not news. It’s interesting that there’s just so much hatred slung their way when really, they are the little guy.

    • Lil’ Cwyin’ Gaweee-Boi

      Lol! Pot, kettle?!?

    • gommer strike

      Are you calling me….black?! Listen here m*** cause dis sh** won’t stand, know what I’m saying yo

    • kenvin100

      Pardon my ignorance, but what are the benefits of imessage compared to other apps? Considering the switch to iPhone SE at the moment…

    • jay

      Imessage isn’t bad. The problem starts when you turn off your data and wanna use text only. Than ether it try to send a message and shows error or nobody is able to write you because you have no data on. Only friends without imessage are able to reach you.

    • Anaron

      The responses to the rumour of iMessage coming to Android have been overwhelmingly positive on /r/Android (Reddit). I know they don’t represent the vast majority of Android users but their acceptance of it says a lot. I like to think that most Android users would hop on simply to keep in touch with their iPhone friends. As you mentioned in another post, a lot of teens that don’t have iPhones are left out of iMessage group chats. Hell, even some workplaces use it. I know mine does but it doesn’t bother me because we also use WhatsApp.

    • Lil’ Cwyin’ Gaweee-Boi

      Re-arrange the following into well-known phrase or saying;
      ‘Life get a…’

    • gommer strike

      Re-arrange the following into well-known phrase or saying;

      “TGOF”

    • Lil’ Cwyin’ Gaweee-Boi

      I give up. What is it?

    • craig0r

      I would absolutely use iMessage on Android. Particularly because of one friend who doesn’t always pay his cellphone bill, and then iMessage is sometimes the only way to contact him, but in general I’d like to have that safeguard in place. I’m sure I would still use Facebook Messenger primarily though.

    • gommer strike

      But yeah you see, what you just said there – would be a big reason for Apple to not deploy iMessage to other platforms. iMessage is an enormous selling point for an iPhone, but we’ll have to see if Apple changes their stance on this, in the times ahead. They are becoming more and more open.

    • Lil’ Cwyin’ Gaweee-Boi

      *FartAndroidFart*…there, fixed it for ya.

  • AppleBerrySandwich

    All good. Let the cross platform apps like Whatsapp and BBM to do what they do.

  • jay

    apple is trying to catch up with android. but not for me still not enough. allo is way smarter than apples little stickers and so. oh now i can write in a bigger bubble wow innovation

  • RS

    weird that they had to announce these features already available on most major IM’s.

  • Stephen B Morris

    What is with all these apps wanting to scan your messages all of a sudden? Not that I have anything to hide but it just seems that the use case isn’t really justified. Are people really that lazy that they need their messaging app to emoji for them? I’m sure that anyone who uses emojis already know what emojis to use. Side note – this is probably the most times I’ve ever used the word emoji. It’s now in my typing suggestions. Thanks Minuum!