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The Apple rumor mill has been steadily turning. The latest whisper is that iMessage, Apple’s hitherto iOS-only messaging app, is finally coming to Android.
Quoting a source “familiar with the company’s thinking,”said an announcement will be made at the WWDC keynote on Monday.
While Apple has always stepped away from launching its apps for Android, it has relaxed in the company’s stance, launching, for example, Apple Music for Android last year and taking its music app beyond iOS was a way of testing the water for similar moves in the future.
Of course revenue generation may be at the root of this move, keep in mind that reports earlier this year suggested Apple is considering incorporating new services into its messaging app, such as the ability for users to make payments to one another. Considering this, launching iMessage on Android could mark the start of some big changes for the company’s chat app as it seeks to increase its functionality in a way that could ultimately allow it to rake in even more cash from users.
With so many massively popular cross-platform messaging apps already available, perhaps this is a now-or-never moment for Apple. It already seems a bit late to try to persuade people to load up yet another chat service, though if it can persuade users of iMessage’s supposed security benefits and introduce genuinely useful features, it may have a chance.
This claim at this time is considered “rumor.” Yet, there are those that insist the app is “definitely” launching on Android this year, Monday we will know for sure.
What are your thoughts on this?