Apple Plans to Significantly Alter iPhone Messages Next Year
Soon, the long-running rivalry between the green text bubbles on Android devices and the blue ones on iOS devices will become more amicable.
Apple has revealed plans to implement a messaging standard, undermining what some saw as a component of Apple's walled garden and eventually bringing iMessage functionality to Android users.
The tech website 9to5Mac was the first to write on the upgrade, which would bring new features including typing indicators, read receipts, better support for group chats, and higher quality cross-platform media sharing of photos and videos.
Apple to make a big change to iPhone messages next year
In a statement, Apple announced that later in the year, it will add support for the RCS (Rich Communication Services) standard.
Short message services, or SMS, are thought to be replaced by RCS, which operates over mobile data and Wi-Fi.
As opposed to SMS or MMS, we think RCS Universal Profile would provide a superior interoperability experience, the business stated in the statement.
"This will function alongside iMessage, which will continue to be the best and most secure messaging experience for Apple users."
The move was made in response to demands from rivals and regulators for more seamless cross-platform operation.
For instance, businesses must make their core services platform-neutral under the EU's Digital Markets Act.
It initiated an inquiry earlier this year to determine if it considers iMessage as a key product.