Technology Mobiles and Tabs 13 Jun 2016 Forget WhatsApp, App ...

Forget WhatsApp, Apple to launch iMessage for Android

Published Jun 13, 2016, 11:10 am IST
Updated Jun 14, 2016, 8:58 am IST
Presently, iMessage is built into the iOS operating system and only iPhones and iPads can communicate.
iMessage is one of the most secure voice and video chatting application that is deeply integrated into the Apple ecosystem.
 iMessage is one of the most secure voice and video chatting application that is deeply integrated into the Apple ecosystem.

At present, WhatsApp is one of the most popular communication medium on the messaging platform. Billions of people around the world have adapted to WhatsApp, which is easy to use, completely free, secure and available for all smartphone platforms. However, things are looking a little dicey for the Facebook Inc-owned WhatsApp messenger ahead. A new report that is lurking around the smartphone market mentions that Apple is targeting WhatsApp by planning the release of iMessage for Android smartphones. If true, iMessage could change the way people communicate in future.

Also read: WhatsApp to include a new feature in next release.


iMessage is one of the most secure voice and video chatting application that is deeply integrated into the Apple ecosystem. Every iPhone and iPad user can use the messaging platform to communicate and it has been there since a long time. It is secure, fast and very easy to use.

Also read: How to use two smartphones with the same WhatsApp number without WhatsApp web.

According to the online reports, Apple could be announcing the iMessage app for Android at the WWDC. However, market researchers say that Apple could be in trouble if they just did that. Just like a double-edged sword, releasing iMessage for Android could be a plus as well as a problem for Apple.


By allowing iMessage to Android users, Apple could target the Android platform and grow higher in the services industry, thus making better profits. However, if they do so, they could also push off much of Android users who could opt for an iPhone in future. However, by offering high encryption (End-to-End), similar to WhatsApp and Telegram, iMessage could emerge a topper and offer secure and guaranteed private messaging, where the recent FBI-Apple case stands as a witness.

Presently, BBM is also favoured as one of the top-most secure messaging platforms, but due to its low adoption figures, BBM is suffering. With iMessage possibility on Android, users could switch instantly since it features higher capabilities as compared to WhatsApp, video calling being one of the main reason.


However, at present, there is no confirmation whether iMessage will get to Android or now. The Apple keynote event at the WWDC this will give us a final answer.

UPDATE: Unfortunately Apple decided not to launch iMessage for Android. But there are still hopes that Apple may still launch the messaging platform for the Google operating system. 

Apple updated the iMessage messenger with an update which now has a music share function, Digital Touch keypad through to share sketches or your heartbeat, and full screen effects that take over the backdrop of the messaging screen. Additionally, bubble effects will now let you send messages that appear more slowly, or need to be swiped to be revealed. Lastly, you can also now search for pictures within the keypad itself, just like in Facebook's Messenger, and also with the live camera.


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