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Google Blasts Apple for Bullying Users With iMessage Lock-In

Google Blasts Apple for Bullying Users With iMessage Lock-In
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When an Android phone user sends a text message to an iPhone person, it appears in a green bubble in iMessage. It’s Apple’s way of telling the sender is not an iPhone user. But that green bubble is not particularly intolerant from a social point of view; Plus, it just led to some heated comments from Google, which claimed that Apple was involved in bullying tactics.

The Wall Street Journal He recently highlighted how the “green bubble effect” can be used as a weapon to create social pressure. Teens feel ostracized for using their Android phone, because it recognizes their messages in green. In addition, iPhones are not cheap and are often seen as a social status symbol. Google says that forcing others to use iMessage – and his green bubble – as a proxy is bullying.

Google’s official Android account tweeted: “iMessage should not profit from bullying.” But Hiroshi Lockheimer, a senior vice president at Google who oversees Android and Chrome OS among other products, was not forgiving.

iMessage should not take advantage of bullying. Texting should bring us together, and the solution is there. Let’s fix this as one industry. 💚💙

And[مدش]. Android (Android) January 8, 2022

“Using peer pressure and bullying as a way to sell products is disingenuous for a company that has humanity and equality as an essential part of its marketing,” he tweeted while sharing the aforementioned article, adding that iMessage is a well known locking strategy. Google’s executive argument has some advantages. Apple hasn’t been particularly generous with its “walled garden” ecosystem either.

How does iMessage stand out in the verse of the message?

iMessage allows users to reply to a message using a set of emojis. For an Android user with a green bubble in conversation, the reactions are transcribed verbatim as “Like” in front of the respective message. The same thing happens with the other set of emojis. And this way reddit Summarizing the topic, not everyone “likes” it – especially the closed circle of iPhone users. Fortunately, it has been fixed to some extent, 9to5Google reports.

Apple’s messaging service also has a three-dot indicator that appears in a chat bubble. It’s officially called a “writing awareness indicator” and it tells users that the person on the other end is writing their response. It is a sign of reassurance. this is The New York Times An article from 2014 explains exactly how these bubbles carry a lot of psychological weight. Such is the case with read receipts, which need little explanation. Recently, Memojis have become the exclusive rage of the ecosystem as well.

At the functional level, iMessage is based on an advanced protocol that sends messages via Wi-Fi or cellular Internet. Messages sent to iPhone from Android phone is based on the old SMS protocol which requires an active cellular plan and charges accordingly. It also lacks a host of advanced tricks, such as the ability to send HD photos and videos, message reactions, delivery receipts, typing indicators, etc.

All these flaws are highlighted in one thing: a green bubble. There, there is an iMessage sanitizer. Basically, if you give up your iPhone for your Android device and miss the step of deregistering iMessage, your messages go down into a hidden hell. All of your incoming messages will display a “delivered” status to the sender using the iPhone, but the messages don’t actually arrive on the Android device.

The green bubble gap is not new

The Wall Street Journal The results are neither surprising nor new. The green bubble has ruined dating for many, kicked school kids out of group conversations, and even made athletes run laps as punishment. Even celebrities are vocal about their dislike. “The fact that children are prevented from conversations with their peers due to the technological disconnect is troubling,” fast company Featured writer Mark Sullivan in 2019.

The painful, bright green shade that appears when a non-iMessage user sends me…. directly annoys me.

And[مدش]. Zendaya January 7, 2017

“Ah, green bubbles!” It’s how Emmy Award-winning journalist Jonah Stern penned her essay for it The Wall Street Journal In 2018. Stern revealed the troubling real-world consequences of the iMessage locking effect and argued why Apple should embrace RCS for every smartphone user.

big cnet Associate Editor Patrick Holland also faced an iMessage conundrum that prevented him from giving away his iPhone for Samsung’s stylish Android phone. All the way back in 2016, Gizmodo Technology editor Michael Nunez wrote that he was buying the iPhone because of the shame the green bubble had brought him.

2019 article from New York Post In detail how the “I won’t date an Android user” complex is pretty much a real thing. The apparently green chat bubble has been a red flag for people trying the dating game, and the status quo continues to this day. Simply search the phrase “green bubble” in your Twitter search feed, and you’ll see how profound it can be in your search for a romantic partner.

I can’t believe I kissed a boy with green texts I’m so cute this was my charity of the year

And[مدش]. Abe (Iouisavontrapp) May 14, 2019

“Look, no one doubts that you are a great friend and a wonderful person. It’s all canceled because of your green letters,” Ryan Fan, a special education teacher for Baltimore City wrote. “For now, please buy an iPhone only. If you don’t, I guess we can’t be friends anymore. Sorry.”

This Reddit thread titled “Oh, You’re a Green Text” will educate readers about this fascinating phenomenon. But the green bubble makes its presence felt in more areas than just trying to woo a romantic partner or sharing memes in a group chat for classmates.

according to from the inside The story is that Dallas Mavericks coach Jason Kidd made the entire team run sprints as punishment because one of the players had an Android phone. The resulting green bubble only spoiled the blue team’s chat and, in Kidd’s eyes, was a sign of disunity. In addition, a Tech Insider Video and document the die-hard iPhone user’s temporary transition to the Google Pixel 3 XL. By the end of the video, the test subject was still “Team iPhone” – and iMessage had a role to play in that loyalty.

How about turning on an iMessage hack on Android? Simply put, it is not for the faint of heart. Dan Nosowitz told a personal story of bewilderment in NYMag An article detailing how he tried to run an iMessage hack on his Android phone. As the article clearly says in the title, it is just a way to spoil one’s life.

What do you want google?

Google’s answer to iMessage drama is RCS or Rich Communication Services. It solves a lot of problems. Remote Control System (RCS) enables video calls, does not limit messages to a certain number of characters, shows read receipts, type indicators allow document sharing, and much more. It works over Wi-Fi and cellular internet, but defaults to premium SMS when needed. It looks like a complete package, and after a hellish journey, it has finally been accepted by carriers and lives on in the Messages app on Android phones globally.

We don’t ask Apple to make iMessage available on Android. We require Apple to support industry standards for modern messaging (RCS) in iMessage, just as it supports older SMS/MMS standards.

And[مدش]. Hiroshi Lockheimer January 10 2022

Currently, Google (through SVP Lockheimer) requires Apple to approve RCS messages. RCS is not the cure-all for Android messaging, but from a technical point of view, it would be a major step towards standardizing messaging. From a social point of view, he would get rid of the blue bubble/green bubble drama. The biggest issue here is that Apple isn’t a fan of it, and it won’t bring iMessage to Android either. Earlier, Apple made the superior security argument to lock iMessage and avoid RCS. But the RCS in the Google Messages app is end-to-end encrypted as well. The problem seems to lie with the business strategy here, and documents disclosed in the Apple-Epic Games heated suit have made it perfectly clear.

Bringing iMessage to Android has been under discussion at Apple, and it picked up pace when rumors surfaced that Google was planning to buy WhatsApp. This wasn’t a strong enough reason, apparently. “Porting iMessage to Android will hurt us more than help us,” Apple veteran Phil Schiller wrote in an email.

iMessage on Android will simply remove [an] “It’s an obstacle for iPhone families to give their kids Android phones,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering. Federighi is the same Apple CEO who famously joked about our “green bubble friends” with “lousy hardware” on stage at WWDC 2014.

How Apple responded to allegations of bullying from Google is not yet clear. Will this finally force Apple to adopt RCS or bring iMessage to Android – or both? is unlikely. But Apple recently brought FaceTime calling to Android. It is nothing but a raw hope for a less frustrating future for Letters.

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