Apple is reportedly bringing an iMessage client for Android at the WWDC 2016 on Monday.
Apple has only three Android apps listed in the Google Play store. At the WWDC 2016 there might be a fourth Apple made app for Android. Apple might surprise Android users with an iMessage app.
MacDailyNews reports that according to source familiar with the company’s thinking, the iMessage encrypted text messaging is coming to Android users at WWDC 2016. The description of the source makes this rumor weak, but it would totally make sense for Apple to offer iMessage for Android.
A open source hacking project called PieMessage (GitHub) is enabling iMessage on Android, but the solution requires an OS X machine as server.
iMessage works on iOS and OS X devices only. The service has surpassed 200,000 messages per second earlier this year according to Apple Executive Eddy Cue.
Microsoft has adopted the open platform approach for its apps in big way. Apple has definitely some room there to expand more of its home grown apps to Android. Right now Apple only offers Move to iPS, Apple Music and Beats Pill apps for Android smartphones. In contrast, Microsoft offers 75 Android apps.
The WWDC 2016 is expected to be only about software and there will be no new hardware announcements. An iMessage Android app would be one of the highlights of the WWDC keynote. Apple CEO Tim Cook will kick off the WWDC keynote at 10am PDT on Monday June 13. The WWDC 2016 keynote will be streamed live on Apple.com.
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