iMessage for Android doesn’t matter, just use good apps | Phones

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Over the past several weeks, iMessage for Android has been a big topic of discussion and, for many, it comes back to why Android users seem to want iMessage so much. Personally, I don’t. iMessage for Android just happens to, somehow, be the path of least resistance when it comes to using a decent messaging app with people.

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The conversation about iMessage for Android really boils down to the popular preference. Because the iPhone is so popular, especially among younger users, iMessage is also quite popular. And, really, I don’t think that’s because it’s an objectively good messaging service.

iMessage is fine, but it’s very overrated.

As I’ve been using iMessage more through my time with iPhone 15 Pro, Beeper, and a MacBook Air, I’ve gotten more familiar with how it all works. And, really, I just keep coming back to the conclusion that it’s not really doing anything special. iMessage has its nice bits, like Apple Pay integration, a quick and easy way to share location, and integration with third-party apps.

But, outside of that, iMessage feels pretty basic. There’s nothing about it that’s better than other messaging apps, and it falls way behind in other areas. Besides the fact that it’s restricted to Apple’s walled garden, iMessage also limits emoji reactions – “tapbacks” – to one of just six options, and they’re not even good options. To this day, I still don’t know how a…

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