Without Apple’s Help, Google Improves Messaging Between Android and iPhone

The SMS conversation between android phones and iPhone does not guarantee a very pleasant experience. After all, not all features work as expected when sending a text message from one operating system to another. But the Google is improving the integration to contain these bottlenecks, although Apple does not help.

Android (Image: Vitor Padua / APK Games)

The increment was reported by a Reddit user. On Sunday (25th), Jabjab345 reported that, through Google Messages Beta, it was able to react to messages sent by Apple’s cell phone. “Android can now interpret iPhone reactions, but not the other way around,” she said.

Still, there is no agreement among users regarding how the iPhone interprets reactions. In the comments, some people reported that iOS 16 has already resolved this inconsistency and displays the emojis instead of a warning. But the author of the topic himself stated that he tested it on an Apple cell phone with the most current version of the software and did not have the same result.

The change, however, is not yet available to everyone. Limited to the Google Messages beta, other people commented along the thread that they didn’t have access to the news. There is also no forecast for the release of the novelty to all users of the SMS application for Android.

Google Messages lets you react in SMS for iPhone (Image: Playback/Android Police)
Google Messages lets you react in SMS for iPhone (Image: Playback/Android Police)

In the eyes of Brazilians, who have adopted WhatsApp as their main messenger, caution may not make much sense. But there are still some countries that use SMS as the main means of exchanging messages. This is the case of the United States which, in 2020, sent one trillion personal and commercial messages against 8 billion in Germany, according to Strategy Analytics to New York Times.

The United States also has a large number of Apple customers. As exposed by figures from the statist in cooperation with Counterpoint Research, the iPhone maker grabs a 48% share of the local smartphone market. Samsung and Motorola come in second and third, respectively, with shares of 30% and 9%.

Of course, you can already see a big issue with this data: despite the vast market share, the iPhone still needs to communicate with Android phones. Therefore, this means that both Apple and Google must collaborate to provide the right experience for users.

And this is where the problem arises: while Apple works with iMessage, limited to its own ecosystem, Google has introduced RCS. And that’s precisely why Google is always pining Apple, because the two systems don’t talk properly.

iMessage on the left, SMS on the right (Image: Playback/Apple)
iMessage on the left, SMS on the right (Image: Playback/Apple)

Google Pins Apple to Adopt RCS

It’s no wonder, therefore, that Google has snarled at Apple in recent times. In June, the company used a Drake song to tease Apple about lack of RCS on iPhone. But the biggest provocation came in August, when the search giant put the page “It’s time for Apple to fix text messages” up in the air.

Along the page, the company highlights some problems that arise from the absence of RCS on the iPhone. This is the case of sending images, which can be tiny and with low quality if sent via MMS. Google also questions security when exchanging messages via SMS, as the new platform offers end-to-end encryption.

“The bad experience you get when texting Android users is created by Apple,” the Google page reads. “But they can fix it by switching from SMS/MMS to RCS, the modern industry standard. And everyone’s experience would be better.”

With information: Android Police and reddit


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