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So while I was aware my new phone purchase would provide access to and , I considered it just another aspect of having an . After all, Apple’s services like and are often touted as being the best or exclusive to Apple products, but every one of them has rivals that work on both iOS and Android.
Even Apple is starting to acknowledge that facilitating a fast and easy conversation no matter what device people are on is most important. FaceTime opening up to include participants on Android, Windows and web browsers is a half-step: In iOS 15, you can include anyone you want in a conversation — another iPhone, an Android device or a Windows machine — but actually starting a FaceTime remains exclusive to Apple devices. In an interview with UrAvgConsumer on YouTube, Apple Senior Vice President Craig Federighi acknowledged that opening up FaceTime has become what the company’s customers want.
“I’m so happy you are blue now!!!”
Despite the clear comfort people have with these non-Apple services, in the weeks leading up to my device swap several of my friends told me their plans to quit those other services once I moved to iOS.
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Two friends I speak to primarily on Facebook Messenger told me they were excited to move our chat to iMessage, and then I realized one of them had never even given me their phone number.
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And while that’s great, it’s also about being competitive. Apple knows that if it doesn’t catch up with rival services like , even the most loyal Apple customers may turn away from services like FaceTime.
Surely, I thought, we’d moved past whether someone’s a “green bubble” or a “blue bubble” in a text message. But then after I started using my new iPhone, the following messages started coming in from several friends:
Yes, iMessage is convenient. Yes, so is FaceTime. While I personally decided to buy an
My decision to ditch my Android phone in favor of an earlier this summer wasn’t supposed to matter very much. phones are great, and for years I’ve been using the many that exist for texting and video-chatting my friends and family. I barely even think about what kind of phone others use when I want to text them. I just use whichever service seems easiest for them, whether it’s WhatsApp, , Instagram or something else. While standard texting may be antiquated, it still works most of the time.
“Bienvenue a la Club Apple!”
As for me, making the switch didn’t change much. I still communicate with everyone in my life. It’s just that now because of my “blue bubble,” it’s a little bit easier for my friends and family who prefer using an iPhone.
During the last three years of using Android on a and a , the same friends simply “met” me on other services. Many use for texting (which will soon support easier ). is my favorite way to video-chat — and frankly already includes many of the new improvements coming to FaceTime this fall in , such as invite links, Portrait Mode and chatting inside any web browser. A combination of Facebook Messenger and Microsoft’s Skype hits most other contacts who aren’t into WhatsApp or Duo. And even a recent group chat that was trudging along on MMS shifted over to Instagram. (Alas: I wish more people had access to …)