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iMessage is clearly a service that is associated for Apple users

iMessage works with Android?

iMessage is one of the most popular Apps we can find on our iPhone . Why never? It is known to be one of the most protected programs, thanks to its encrypted connection and a service expressly dedicated to Apple users. It’s safe, easy to use, and full of features. But the question is, in this context, how many of these functions are compatible with Android phones ?

Let’s start by degrees. iMessage is clearly a service that is associated for Apple users.

This includes iMacs, MacBooks and iPads in addition to the famous iPhone. It has its own way of making it clear which messages are sent through the service and which are, in effect, normal text messages.

iMessage is clearly a service that is associated for Apple users

All the messages we receive through iMessage (and are therefore encrypted and protected, as well as making us understand that the user is compatible with the functions) are colored in blue. All messages that are converted by the system and do not come from an Apple product are colored green.

So iMessage works with who has Android?

So let’s see everything we can share with our friend equipped with Android and in what format he will receive it:

Safety factor : are my messages encrypted? No, native encryption is only if both devices are from Apple.

The communication towards Android-equipped products (or those that are not Apple) do not enjoy complete encryption , but only the one that makes the two products better compatible, the one offered by the telephony provider or within the receiving mobile phone.

What really doesn’t work: Apple Pay. This sounds naturally obvious, but it’s a question that someone can always ask. What happens if I try to send requests via Apple Pay to a user with Android? We will simply see a message that this contact cannot receive or process Apple Pay requests. We will therefore have to use other methods if we intend to transfer money to the person we choose.

When the Android user sends a reaction (for example a thumbs up, or “I like it”) what we will see will simply be a message saying “A (name) liked (message)”. There are Apps with which we can send an image or a direct communication to whoever we want, but everything is converted with a format that is more compatible.

Often, this format comes in the form of an address that the Android user will have to visit: it will not be possible to view the content directly in the messenger. Practically a mess. Unfortunately, given how the iMessage system is closed , all we have to do is support this lack of suitable conversion. So what works and is not converted into addresses or simple text messages?

First of all, Animoji work in a certain sense. The animated smileys that we create are sent as video clips to Android users, but they still work. Which is definitely not bad, even if degraded in quality. Normal animoji are sent as images.

The addresses we send quietly show previews. This is because, in general, these are text messages that are processed individually by the device that sends or receives. So, nothing complicated and perfectly feasible.

And what about photos and videos? They can be sent and will be displayed inside the Android phone. Only videos are degraded in quality , and quite a lot. If the movie is really important, we can upload it elsewhere (like Youtube or Mega) or compact it in another format and send it as a normal attachment.

That’s all! Unfortunately iMessage is rather limited with respect to Android, but at least not all functions are reduced or eliminated.

iMessage, the new messaging service for mobile Apple iOS 5

Apple decided to enter fully into the territory of the text messages through their new application iMessage, which will provide users of mobile devices with iOS 5 platform the ability to send texts, videos and photos for free, which can represent a blow to the telephone companies have made big business SMS.

iMessage, the new messaging service for mobile Apple iOS 5

The new application is integrated into iOS 5, the latest update of Apple’s mobile operating system will be available for download and incorporates, as its developer, more than 200 new features.

Considered by many as the response of the Cupertino systems known as Blackberry Messenger or WhatsApp, iMessage not only allows free-sending of text message nationally and internationally, but it also allows users to send images and video, all via Wi-Fi and 3G.

iMessage also allows customers to control all their messages, either through receipts or through optional reading notices. The application gives also the possibility of seeing one of your contacts when you are writing something, or send text messages in complete safety thanks to its encryption system.


Uninterrupted communication from any iOS device

The capabilities of this free messaging service makes Apple users can be constantly in touch, because it allows them to start a conversation on a device (an iPhone, for instance) and continue it later in another (iPhone or iPod Touch) .

That’s another interesting feature of iMessage, since its application is not limited to the iPhone, but also can be used from other Apple mobile devices like iPad and iPod Touch, which greatly enhances their chances of consolidation preferences of consumers.

It is clear that such devices must have certain characteristics of support to operate this new service, which is why Apple has released the list of gadgets compatible with the new iOS that integrated  iMessage, these are:

  • iPhone 3GS
  • iPhone 4
  • iPhone 4S
  • iPod Touch 3rd Generation
  • iPod Touch 4th Generation
  • iPad
  • iPad 2

The disadvantage of iMessage is that it does not allows the exchange of messages from phone running other operating systems such as Android, Blackberry, Nokia, or Windows Mobile, especially considering that the system developed by Google ranks first in the preferences of users around the world.