Google and Apple have a rivalry that’s jovial at instances and reducing at others. In a current weblog submit, Google took one other swing on the Cupertino firm’s Messaging platform, claiming Apple’s assist of historic messaging expertise is sabotaging the communication between iPhone and Apple customers. As an alternative of a seamless change of textual content, pictures, and movies, customers get ineffective inexperienced message bubbles and low-quality media.
Apple’s Messaging Mess
Apple and Android homeowners are aware of the less-than-adequate textual content messaging between the 2 platforms. As an alternative of learn receipts and high-quality movies, individuals sending and receiving messages between iPhone and Android get the dreaded inexperienced message bubbles. Wish to know when your message was learn? You possibly can’t. Then there’s the problem of multimedia, with movies being downgraded in high quality as they’re despatched between the 2 platforms.
Google factors the finger at Apple and its reliance on decade-old expertise to ship messages between telephones. The corporate makes use of SMS and MMS expertise, that are historic by immediately’s requirements. Google, alternatively, makes use of the brand new and improved RCS expertise for messaging, a normal Apple so far has refused to assist.
SMS/MMS: oldies however goodies
Invented in 1980, SMS is your primary textual content messaging platform. It really works over a mobile connection and doesn’t require Wi-Fi, making it handy to ship a message with restricted web entry. It’s wonderful for important textual content communication, but it surely’s additionally constrained. You possibly can solely ship as much as 160 characters earlier than a message is damaged into two elements. It additionally doesn’t assist group messages, learn receipts, or the typing indication displaying when somebody is responding.
The opposite messaging customary that Apple helps is MMS which lets you ship pictures, video, audio, and different multimedia content material. It’s not restricted to 160 characters however can solely deal with small pictures or movies. It additionally requires an web information connection to ship multimedia information.
What’s RCS, and why it’s higher
RCS is an upgraded model of SMS and MMS. It helps all of the cool issues we ship to one another, like animated gifs, stickers, beautiful pictures, and high-resolution movies. You possibly can ship greater than 160 character-text messages and higher-quality multimedia. You possibly can even add a response to these messages. It really works over a mobile connection or Wi-Fi and helps end-to-end encryption so no person can spy in your messages. RCS gives a texting expertise much like Apple’s iMessage or Whatsapp, however it’s a multi-platform customary and never a phone-specific app.
Apple’s Messaging Alternative: iMessage
Apple iMessage is a messaging service created by Apple and launched in 2011. The app allows you to ship all kinds of content material, together with stickers, emojis, reactions, movies, pictures, and extra. Group chats, reside typing, and extra … it’s all there. So what’s the massive downside with it? It solely works between iOS units. If you happen to embody an Android consumer in a dialog, the app will default to the older SMS and MMS customary. Your lovely blue messaging bubbles will flip a ghastly inexperienced and you’re restricted in what you’ll be able to ship.
A lot to the chagrin of Google, Apple refuses to undertake RCS and add it to iMessage. Google’s Android workforce is placing on strain, taking to the web to name out Apple with a lighthearted video. The corporate’s social media submit even asks others to share and “assist @Apple #getthemessage.”