Hiroshi Lockheimer, Google’s VP of Android, Chrome OS, Play, Google Photos and Chrome, has posted a new post to provide some clarification on a statement that has sparked a lot of discussion on social media.
According to Lockheimer, Google “is not asking Apple to make iMessage available on Android,” the company simply wants Apple to “support the industry standard for modern messaging,” also known as RCS (Rich Communication Services).
The related Twitter thread provides a list of reasons why Apple should implement RCS, such as cross-platform read receipts and input indicators, secure messages between Android and iPhone users, and improved group text messaging.
“RCS support will improve the experience for both iOS and Android users,” Lockheimer said. – Yes, RCS will also improve the experience and privacy for iOS users. By not implementing RCS, Apple is holding back the industry and limiting the experience not only for Android users, but also for its customers. ”
Lockheimer added that Google is happy to “work with Apple” to make RCS interoperability a reality, which he mentioned earlier.