What you need to know
- Android and Google have trolled Apple over Messages using Drake's new song.
- Android dropped an unofficial lyric explainer video for 'Texts Go Green'.
- They lamented that it was "pretty rough" trying to text someone from an iPhone if they don't also have an iPhone.
Android and Google have dropped an unofficial lyric explainer video to Drake's new song 'Texts Go Green', taking the opportunity to troll Apple over its lack of support for RCS messaging.
In a tweet Sunday Android said "#TextsGoGreen hit us different, that's why we had to drop this unofficial lyric explainer video."
#TextsGoGreen hit us different, that’s why we had to drop this unofficial lyric explainer video #GetTheMessage 💚😏 pic.twitter.com/dPxt9yZjCG#TextsGoGreen hit us different, that’s why we had to drop this unofficial lyric explainer video #GetTheMessage 💚😏 pic.twitter.com/dPxt9yZjCG— Android (@Android) June 18, 2022June 18, 2022
The hilarious 40-second video says Drake's new song "refers to the phenomenon when an iPhone user gets blocked" or tries to text someone who doesn't have an iPhone, saying "either way it's pretty rough."
Android then joked "if only some super talented engineering team at Apple would fix this," stating it was only a problem Apple could fix and that Apple "just has to adopt RCS" to make messaging more secure and cross-platform friendly.
Google has previously called on Apple to adopt RCS to make messaging between platforms like iOS and Android less fragmented. The issue has become a peculiar antitrust talking point, leading some commenters to suggest that Apple is trying to keep people in its ecosystem and buying its best iPhones by making iMessage exclusive. The issue is largely confined to the U.S. where the proliferation of iPhones and the ratio of iPhones to Android devices is much higher. Elsewhere in the world, users tend to use a variety of cross-platform messaging services like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger. RCS does not support end-to-end encryption like WhatsApp or iMessage and doesn't have any kind of cross-device support for use on desktop devices or laptops like iMessage.
Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.
Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple.
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