Apple Has Created ‘Detailed Mockups’ of iMessage for Android
I think this is a smart move of Apple to extend the usage of iMessage to Android. Perhaps, its user base could get close to WhatsApp then, as in countries (like the USA) where you have a lot of iPhone users, they tend to rather use iMessage than WhatsApp. If the problem for iMessage has been the restricted OS so far, then this is Apple’s opportunity to get a massive amount of new users onboard, especially with the new features like sketches and new emoticons that iMessage offers.
Earlier in the year, rumors began swirling around the possibility Apple might launch a version of iMessage for Android smartphones due to the company’s increased focus on services, “which means opening up certain avenues beyond its own iOS and OS X platforms.”
The original report pointed to a potential announcement at WWDC, which came and went with no such news, and an Apple executive later commented that keeping iMessage on iOS has the understandable advantage of helping sales for iPhones and iPads.
In a larger piece today discussing the degree to which iMessage’s “stickiness” is acting as the glue to help keep users loyal to iOS, Daring Fireball‘s John Gruber briefly outlined these previous rumors and provided further fuel to the flames. Gruber mentioned that he’s “heard from little birdies” that a handful of “detailed mockups” of iMessage for Android have been shared around Apple.
The user interface of the Android app is said to have gone through numerous designs, from one…
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