Nov 17, 2023

Apple to bridge message divide - but keeps green bubbles

Apple plans to introduce support for the messaging standard in a software release later next year. An Apple spokesperson told the tech publication that RCS would be better for users seeking to message users of rival phones compared to SMS or MMS. "This will work alongside iMessage, which will continue to be the best and most secure messaging experience for Apple users" the spokesperson said. Google, which develops the Android phone operating system, has been the biggest competitor calling on Apple to enable RCS. Its "Get the message" campaign has emphasised that besides frustration for some users met with green-coloured messages on iPhones or iOS devices, SMS and MMS messages are not protected by end-to-end encryption. The company said its app Nothing Chats would offer a bridge between iPhone and Android handsets and let users connect via blue bubble messages. Responding to the news of Apple adopting RCS the company posted on X, "Looks like they got the message".

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