Apple Generated Various iMessage For Android Replicas, All Of Them Did Not See The Daylight

Ali Salman
Posted Oct 25, 2016
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Google’s take on iMessage was seen in its release of the Allo app, a cross platform app that delivers a unique messaging experience. While there are abundant internet messaging platforms on the market, including the highly adopted WhatsApp, Allo did not turn out to be a super hit amongst users. Apple’s iMessage on the other hand was previously thought to be coming to Android. However, this rumor too did not end up seeing daylight as an Apple executive explained that iMessage would remain exclusive to iOS. However, there’s more on iMessage for Android.

iMessage For Android Had Various Mock-ups With Different UI Element

According to Grubber, Apple had several mock-ups of iMessage for Android. These replicas were circulating within the working premises of Apple and did not made out. The mock-ups constituted various UI styles that Apple could have gone with if it decided to release iMessage for Android. While some mock-ups looked more or less similar to iOS’ iMessage, others were closely similar to Material Design.

I’ve heard from little birdies that mockups of iMessage for Android have circulated within the company, with varying UI styles ranging from looking like the iOS Messages app to pure Material Design.1iMessage for Android may never see the light of day, but the existence of detailed mockups strongly suggests that there’s no “of course not” to it.

If the report is anywhere near the truth, Apple was indeed planning to diversify its iMessage messaging platform to Android. Nonetheless, Apple was quick to ditch the plans and keep the platform for its host devices. iMessage is a great platform, it’s usually one of the reasons I consider iOS over Android. With the launch of iOS 10, the messaging platform has seen major design changes. Moreover, there were a lot of front-facing additions part of the release, including a dedicated App Store for Messages.

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iOS 10 Messages App

There could be a reason why Apple didn’t think of bringing iMessage to Android. Possibly, due to smartphone sales slowing down, iMessage was one of the reasons why people stick to iOS over Android. This makes sense as Apple did not introduce any major changes in its iPhone lineup since the launch of its iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handsets. This way, by keeping its iMessage platform solely reserved for iOS, it made users stick to its name. However, we can still hope Apple to consider the release of iMessage for Android.

This is it for now, folks. What are your thoughts on iMessage for Android? Do you think Apple should reconsider its plans? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.

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