Apple will support RCS, but keeps green bubbles for Android messages

Apple’s iMessage is winning because of the dreaded green text bubble

Apple says it will support the Rich Communication Services messaging standard that will make it easier to send texts between real and pretend iPhones, but messages from the latter will still appear as green bubbles.

Liv McMahon for The Beeb:

[Apple] will introduce support for a new [sic it’s not new] messaging standard – Rich Communication Services (RCS) – on iPhones and iOS devices from 2024.

RCS is a standard designed to make it easier for phones on different operating systems to exchange messages.

Apple says it will support a new messaging standard that will make it easier to send texts between phones. But messages from Android phones will still appear as green bubbles…

Apple plans to introduce support for the messaging standard in a software release later next year.

Recent EU rules for digital platforms may have also encouraged Apple’s adoption of RCS.

The bloc’s Digital Markets Act (DMA) requires providers of major digital services – so called core services – to introduce ways for users of their platforms to easily interact with rival platforms – including sending messages between rival systems.

MacDailyNews Take: As we wrote yesterday, “This move also crisply kneecaps whatever diktats the EU were planning in the messaging arena; they’ll have to monkey with the markets somewhere else.”

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