Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) might be contemplating to launch its iMessage messaging service to Android, claimed MacDailyNews.
A formal announcement to this effect might become a reality at the upcoming WWDC event. However, no developments are backing such claims so far. Apple has not confirmed it either.
Apple does have a few of its apps available on the rival Google platform. Those include Apple Music as well as Beats Pill that allows the user to control the Beats Pill speaker, and Move to iOS – an app that allows Android users to switch to the Apple platform in the most hassle free manner.
However, Apple has hinted it is planning to focus more on the services sector and might consider looking beyond its platform to those of rivals. However, what remains unknown at this point is whether that would apply to what can inarguably be regarded as one of Apple’s star features – iMessage.
As of now, iMessage is available on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch running at least iOS 5. The messaging app is also accessible on a Mac running OS X Mountain Lion or later.
As for iMessage, its appeal lies in the simple, and convenient manner in which users can interact with one another. It also boasts of end-to-end encryption, which means even Apple is not having an inkling of what the chat message contains.
Meanwhile, it’s just been a few weeks that Google had announced its messaging app – Allo. Apart from featuring end-to-end encryption, the messaging app also boasts of Google assistant that’s baked right into the app itself.
That allows for having the power of entire Google search within the app which is further augmented with artificial intelligence to boost the messaging convenience further.
Those include having all the information they need via a friendly conversation with the Google Assistant. That apart, users also have the option to invoke other Google services such as Maps, Translate, YouTube and such from right within Allo itself.
Google had also announced the launch of Allo on both Android and iOS, and it remains to be seen if that is the reason Apple is forced to respond by launching its iMessage app on Android.