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Pressuring Apple to Fix Texting, Google's Android Will Force iPhone Users to Read Descriptions of Reaction Emojis

Sunday October 23, 2022. 04:04 AM , from Slashdot
'Google is giving Apple a taste of its own medicine,' reports Business Insider, arguing that the latest update to Android's messaging app 'is going to make texting between iPhone and Androids even more annoying than it already is.' [Alternate URL]
The updates are great if you're an Android user. Google Messages' new features include the ability to reply to individual messages, star them, and set reminders on texts. But these features and some other updates to Messages are RCS-enabled, meaning they're not going to be very compatible with SMS, which is the texting standard that iMessage switches to when messaging someone without an iPhone. iPhones exchange messages using iMessage, Apple's proprietary messaging system, but revert to SMS when texting an Android.

One feature that's part of Google's payback to Apple is that now, when Messages users react to an SMS text with an emoji, iPhone users will get a text saying the other person reacted to their text with a description of whatever emoji the person used. It's similar to when iMessage users react to an SMS text, with the recipient getting a 'so and so loved' message instead of seeing the heart emoji reaction.... In August, Android launched a page on its website calling Apple out for refusing 'to adopt modern texting standards when people with iPhones and Android phones text each other.' The page has buttons that take users to Twitter to tweet at Apple to 'stop breaking my texting experience. #GetTheMessage' with a link to Android's page urging Apple to 'fix texting.'

'We would much prefer that everybody adopts RCS which has the capability to support proper reactions,' Jan Jedrzejowicz, Google Messages product manager, said in a briefing before the Messages updates were announced. 'But in the event that's not possible or hasn't happened yet, this feels like the next best thing.' Recently, Apple CEO Tim Cook said he doesn't get a lot of feedback from iPhone users that Apple needs to fix messaging between iPhones and Androids. Apple doesn't have much incentive to do so, either. In legal documents from a 2021 lawsuit between Epic Games and Apple, an Apple executive said 'Moving iMessage to Android will hurt us more than help us.'

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