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Old February 8th, 2013, 10:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Help with converting to Android from iMessage

So we bought an HTC One X for my wife who dropped her iPhone in water, and we're trying to figure out how to make an Android phone work for her. Here's the situation:

Her family all has iPhones, and they are constantly sending pictures of babies and videos to each other through texting (iMessage). I know something like What'sApp or Skype would be better, but there's no changing everybody now. So the biggest problem I can see so far is sending and receiving videos to each other. The videos she gets are horrible quality and are very blurry. This is a dealbreaker for her. So how can you send and receive videos via text message to iPhones and have decent quality video? She also has a problem since group messaging doesn't get threaded in the same conversation on Android, but we've downloaded Handcent and supposedly it will fix the issue (haven't tried yet).

Any advice related to getting along without iMessage, especially related to videos?

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Videos and pictures, when sent using iMessage, go through the Apple service which isnt accessible via Android. When you send from an Android to an iPhone and vice versa, it goes through the carrier's MMS service which makes things go heywire and ends up compressing stuff.

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iMessage is like the Blackberry Messenger service. Its proprietary and limited to their specific devices so there isn't any hope as far as that goes.

Only alternative I can suggest is them uploading the videos to a private Youtube channel, or emailing the videos (even then, that depends on the email service they use, since email attachments are often limited to 20 MB, and depends on if the videos are too big). Youtube is probably going to be your best bet as its relatively device agnostic (meaning it works on anything that plays Youtube videos). Or possibly even Dropbox, where they can share the video files and send you a link. Google Drive may work as well.

I know its not a seamless as you would probably like it to be. But unfortunately that's the way it goes.
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