The difference between blue and green bubbles will remain, but iPhone and Android messaging will improve.
Apple said a new texting standard will be launched “later next year” to let Android users use iMessage.
The modification will enable enhanced media sharing, read receipt, and typing indicator functionality for both operating systems.
Later next year, Apple is anticipated to incorporate support for the RCS (Rich Communication Services) standard into a software update.
Compliance with EU’s Digital Markets Act
Apple is also appeasing the European Union’s Digital Markets Act, which was published in 2020 and prohibits “gatekeepers from imposing unfair conditions on businesses and end users.” The update, which was first reported by 9to5Mac, is Apple’s method of appeasing the EU.
This necessitates that businesses such as Apple provide services on all platforms, including its competitor Android.
An Apple spokesperson told 9to5 Mac, “We intend to incorporate support for RCS Universal Profile, the presently published standard by the GSM Association, later next year.”
We believe the RCS Universal Profile will improve interoperability over SMS or MMS.
This will function in conjunction with iMessage, which Apple users will continue to find to be the most secure and optimal messaging experience.
Google US customers might send WiFi messages, receive receipts, and type indicators using RCS in 2019.
The objective was to contend with platforms such as Facebook Messenger and iMessage.
However, Apple’s messaging is incompatible with the standard.
Apple, on the other hand, is not inviting Android users to join the platform; rather, RCS is being added independently.
Apple’s Stance on RCS
The development of RCS, aiming to substitute the brief message standard (SMS), has been underway since 2007 under the guidance of the trade organisation Global System for Mobile Communications Association (GSMA).
According to the article, Apple has resisted RCS for over a year despite pressure from Google and others.