Rumor: Apple Plans To Debut iMessage For Android At WWDC 2016

Latest rumor mill’s report has been surfaced suggesting Apple is planning to announce an iMessage alternative app for Android users at WWDC.

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According to a report from MacDailyNews citing sources “familiar with the company’s thinking”, this news came out that “Apple will announce that iMessage encrypted text messaging is coming to Android users at WWDC next Monday at WWDC 2016, according to a source familiar with the company’s thinking. […]

Apple is increasingly focused on services which means opening up certain avenues beyond its own iOS and OS X platforms, the source says. The company release Apple Music for Android last November.”

For those unaware of Google’s recent announcement of a new messaging app called “Allo,” which will be available on both the Android and iOS devices. Allo integrates with a user’s phone number and includes features like a built-in Google assistant that offers up proactive suggestions, resizeable message bubbles, emoji, stickers, smart replies, mini games, an Incognito mode with end-to-end encryption, and much more.

With that arriving fact, Google set to release a chat app on iOS, bringing iMessage to Android could potentially be Apple’s response. The Mac maker has previously released three apps on Android, including Apple Music, Move to iOS for transitioning from an Android device to an iPhone, and the Beats Pill*, for controlling the Beats Pill speaker. CEO Tim Cook also said Apple Music is Apple’s best way of testing the water ahead of bringing additional Apple services to other platforms.

Apple’s iMessage on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices were once played a big role in stock messaging with the simplicity, convenience, and security of iMessage is one of the major perks of the iOS device. However, it is unclear if Apple would really want to expand such a key feature beyond its own devices.

The source which thrown this out doesn’t have a solid track record when it comes to accurately predicting Apple’s plans. So today’s report should also be taken with a pinch of salt. The site’s source also suggests “plans are consistently in flux” ahead of keynotes so the release could be delayed, then, but iMessage is “definitely” coming to Android in 2016.

(Source: MacDailyNews)

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