GOOGLE warns that Apple’s iMessage lock feature is the cause of bullying of young Android users.
The tech giants also accused Apple of benefiting from bullying as part of a purported strategy to lure younger users into using iPhones and away from Android.
Apple’s iMessage service comes with some features that are only available on iOS devices.
Some of these features include turning you into an avatar, known as a Memoji, and most famously, color coding messages so that iMessages are blue and SMS messages (from Android devices) green.
However, this color segregation in iMessages has fueled alienation and even bullying among young Android users, a new report shared by the Wall Street Journal.
The report says that the iOS feature has increased pressure on young people to switch to iPhones simply because they are not ‘green notifications’ in text boxes.
“Apple’s iMessage lock is a well-documented strategy. Using peer pressure and bullying as a way to sell products is not necessary for a company that makes people and fairness a core part of its marketing,” said head of the division. Android Hiroshi Lockheimer by Google tweeted.
Many teens and college young adults also feel that Apple’s iMessage service has become a way for iPhone users to demonstrate that they not only own an iPhone, but are part of a messaging platform. monopoly.
“I don’t know if it’s Apple propaganda or more like an in-group versus out-group incident going on, but people don’t seem to like the green text bubble very much and it seems to have a reaction. visceral negative response to it,” said Grace Fang of Wellesley College in Massachusetts.
Internal emails sent by Apple executives reveal that the company considered offering iMessage on Android to attract more users but ultimately decided that the move would be harmful to them.
“IMessage on Android is simply deleted [an] obstacles to families using iPhones for their children to use Android phones,” wrote chief executive Craig Federighi.
And, of course, while Google may be genuinely concerned about bullying, it would also benefit financially from Apple making iMessage more inclusive when users can access the platform. this platform on Android devices.
“IMessage does not benefit from bullying. Texting will bring us together, and the solution exists. Let’s tackle this like an industry,” tweeted the official Android account.
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