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Our readers think Apple should bring RCS support to iMessage

Apple Android RCS iMessage Conversation
Apple Android RCS iMessage Conversation (Image credit: Android Central)

What you need to know

  • We asked our readers if they would like iMessage on Android or RCS support for iPhones.
  • 76.5% think Apple should adopt RCS support in iMessage.
  • Remaining votes are in favor of Apple bringing iMessage to Android.

Apple's iMessage has been a hot topic once again in the Android space after the company was called out for using its messaging app as a "bullying" tactic. Google exec Hiroshi Lockheimer once again invited Apple to adopt RCS, which he calls the "industry standard for modern messaging," instead of creating an iMessage app for Android.

This week, we asked our readers if they would prefer Apple to create iMessage for the best Android phones or if the company should support RCS for better interoperability when texting Android smartphones. Out of more than 2700 responses, over 75% voted that they would rather Apple bring RCS support to its app.

Apple Imessage Rcs Poll Responses

Source: Android Central (Image credit: Source: Android Central)

One reader, deltatux, notes how neither of Apple or Google's messaging apps are widely used outside of the United States, but bringing RCS to iMessage would still be in line with Apple's desire to keep its app platform-specific:

In many parts of the world iMessage doesn't have a stranglehold on the messaging market, so this issue largely affects the US it seems. Outside the US, many have been on WhatsApp, Telegram, WeChat, Viber, LINE, Signal and etc. where they're already multiplatform.While RCS isn't ideal, it is a direct replacement of SMS. Apple wants to lock users in with iMessage to keep iPhone sales, so bringing RCS to iMessage wouldn't run counter to their desire to lock iPhone users in.Outside the US, I'm not sure how compelling it would be for users if Apple launched iMessage on Android considering many iPhone users in these markets likely use a multiplatform messaging app alongside iMessage already and Android users are likely comfortable there already.Here in Canada, people often expect you to have at least WhatsApp. Sure iMessage is widely used here but it's not an expectation like it is in the States it seems.

Another reader, hmmm, thinks agrees that adopting RCS would be the better way to go, but cautions relying on Google for anything related to messaging:

I don't care either way. I use SMS since it works on anything. I'd advise any company not to do anything that relies on Google when it comes to messaging, though. History shows Google isn't good, or even mediocre, at messaging. Of those two options rcs on apple devices makes more sense. Apple can even keep the RCS messages green so weak minded people will still be pressured into buying apple.

For now, Apple hasn't exactly responded to Google's invitation to support RCS, but its silence on the matter speaks volumes. At this point, we probably shouldn't get our hopes up.

Derrek Lee
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  • Whole heartedly agree that RCS should come to iMessage. Not iMessage to Android. If RCS replaces SMS within iMessage, then the message you send, will normally be sent via data just like iMessage. Sure, there will still be green and blue chat bubbles on iMessage, but that is a problem the iOS folk (me!) can deal with. The experience on Android will be more consistent funnily enough.
  • How about Google sort RCS out on Android first given that only their own Messages app can implement it. Makers of apps like Pulse and Textra have been waiting years and numerous false dawns from Google to have the means to put it in their own SMS apps, which are better than Messages in just about every aspect. Sort out your own back yard before you go complaining about others.
  • i use Tetra and i am really glad they can't use RCS and yes I agree, Textra is far better than google own messages app, which is why I changed to it
  • I don't get why they can't? It's a standard like SMS, available to use. I get why they don't. It is dependent on carriers to adopt, implement and support. That, contrary to some opinions, is not widely done, at this point. That is precisely why Google has established it's own server network to bypass the carriers for their own Messages implementation. It also doesn't provide any benefit to chat apps like Pulse and Textra, beyond them having to support a secondary fallback protocol. RCS isn't there yet.
  • Google's messaging API isn't open for other apps to support Google's RCS implementation, but there's evidence in code that will eventually happen.. The end game is to have carriers one day EOL SMS support, forcing Apple's hand. I wouldn't mind if they did nothing, then iPhone users would only be able to message each other, and no one else. :)
  • I just want a way to block the annoying "likes", "love" by iMessage users that just repopulates the whole thread.
  • i still don't use RCS,, I really don't see the point in it, SMS was and still is a system to send short messages, I don't think the few Iphone users i send messages to care either about how the message gets to them. RCS and Imessage to be honest just gives a reason for people to send more emoji and GIF rubbish. Anyway, my text messaging App don'tr support RCs, thank goodness, nor do my mobile network, and I am not having my messages go through Google servers.
  • Umm, if you use Android, and you send SMS messages which are unencrypted messages, you can bet your phone is reading those messages and sending information to Google servers.
  • Do you honestly think Google would bother to resend people's SMS messages to their servers? SMS doesn't go through Google, it goes through your carrier, and yea, they have access to it. Google would have to be copying your SMS and using your data to snag it.