iMessage is an app and service unique to Apple and one that they push? encourage? default to? get everyone using it.
Looks like SMS, but is not SMS.
And there's no bridge to iMessage for Android.
Likely there won't be.
It's one of the biggest demands for iPhone switchers and the common answer given by that side is - wait for it - you can't have iMessage on Android because Android is inferior.
The solution that more and more people are turning to is Whatsapp.
Everyone goes with Whatsapp, gets a Whatsapp account and it's the same deal as iMessage except it doesn't care what brand of phone you own.
On a similar note, even though Android had videochat first, and actually better for quite some time, Apple has convinced a lot of people that the Apple-only Facetime is the answer.
Instead, more and more people are turning to ooVoo - it's been around for a long time,and does a great job. My iPhone buddies swear it's better than Facetime and if they say so, I believe them.
The problem here is we have a new Android bud - welcome to Android and the forums! - who's caught in the vendor lock-in pressure.
What do you call it when a company gets it in their heads that they are so powerful, rich and have so much market share that they can sell the idea that people want to communicate with other devices rather than other people?
If you say that's an iPhone, you're only a little bit right.
The company that perfected that was RIM, you may know them by their products - BlackBerry.
3 years ago, BlackBerry switchers were caught up in the same exact pinch over BlackBerry Messenger. They promised an Android version of the app, right around the corner. It's finally supposed to be coming out real soon now.
And now no one cares.
We buy phones to communicate with each other.
We expect to be able to talk, text, email, group message and videochat regardless of brand.
A couple of my family members switched from cheap, crappy Androids to iPhones. Did I ask why they didn't get better Androids? Of course not.
I asked one question only - if they were getting good reception now.
Because being able to connect is the whole ball game, right there.
Some circles of friends will get this fundamental concept and switch to Whatsapp or a similar app/service.
Others won't, believing that somehow Android is inferior.
Facetime and iMessage took off because you can fool all of the people some of the time.
Switching away can be slow or fast because you can fool some people all of the time.
But ask the BlackBerry executives - you cannot fool all the people all of the time.
Facetime and iMessage - dead already, just waiting to find out that people want to talk to people.
Unless they bridge to Android, because now, we're bigger.
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