iPhone won’t adopt RCS messaging used by Android phones : NPR

Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks onstage at Vox Media’s Code 2022 conference in Beverly Hills, California.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks onstage at Vox Media’s Code 2022 conference in Beverly Hills, California.

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Sorry, Android users.

Those green bubbles that appear around the text messages you send friends and family with iPhones don’t seem to be going away anytime soon.

Apple CEO Tim Cook appeared to reject the idea of ​​adopting a new messaging protocol on company devices that would make it easier to communicate with Android users.

“I don’t hear our users asking that we put a lot of energy into it at this point,” Cook said of the RCS implementation on iPhones., according The edge. He was speaking at Vox Media’s Code 2022 event on Wednesday.

Apple uses its own iMessage service.

When Vox Media’s LiQuan Hunt complained to Cook that his mother couldn’t see the videos he sent her because they had different phones, the Apple chief replied, “Buy an iPhone at your mother.”

Blue and Green Bubbles, Explained

In the early days of mobile messaging, cellphone users could send each other short text messages no longer than 160 characters. It was called SMS or Short Message Service.

MMS, or Multimedia Message Service, builds on this by allowing users to send a photo or a short video.

Now, texting is much more than that. This is where RCS – which stands for Rich Communication Services – comes in.

RCS is a new messaging standard used by Google and other telecommunications companies that supports group chats and read receipts, allows users to send higher quality photos and videos, and has a end-to-end encryption, among other features.

If it sounds a lot like iMessage, that’s because it is.

But iMessage is only available for Apple users. When an Android user sends an SMS to someone with an iPhone, their message appears as an SMS or MMS message, because Apple does not support RCS. Hence the pixelated images and buggy group chats.

Texts sent via iMessage appear as blue bubbles on iPhones, while their SMS/MMS counterparts are green.

Google rolled out RCS for Android users in the US in 2019. The company launched a PR campaign to shame Apple for adopting RCS, but so far the iPhone maker did not move.

Internal Apple emails showed executives that allowing iMessage on Android devices “would hurt us more than it would help” and that restricting the app to Apple users was having an effect. “serious lockdown”, according to The edge.

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