Apple disclosed plans to integrate Rich Messaging Service (RCS) into its messaging platform next year. While this promises enhanced features for Android users, the iconic green bubbles in iMessage will persist, fueling the ongoing green versus blue bubble debate.
Apple, historically hesitant about RCS adoption, faced criticism at a conference where CEO Tim Cook suggested buying an iPhone to resolve a video resolution issue. Despite Apple’s stance, startups are actively working on solutions to bring iMessage to Android.
Beeper unveiled Beeper Mini, claiming to reverse-engineer the iMessage protocol, while Texts.com, under Automattic ownership, offers a limited iMessage implementation on Mac. OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei’s venture, Nothing, experimented with the Sunbird app but paused due to security concerns.