Recently, MacDailyNews claimed that Apple to launch iMessage for Android at WWDC 2016 on Monday, according to their “source familiar with the company’s thinking.” iMessage is only available for iOS and OS X users so far, with Apple never really showing any signs of bringing the messaging service to Android.
If the rumor does turn out to be true though, it will allow millions of Android users to use iMessage to chat with their iPhone-totting friends.
The report claims that Apple’s plans are constantly changing, so it is possible that the company might not make the announcement of iMessage coming to Android at WWDC. However, the service would “definitely” be launched on Android this year.
With iPhone sales slowing down, Apple has been focusing on services to generate additional revenue for it. By bringing iMessage to Android, Apple will open up the messaging service to millions of additional users, though since the app is likely going to be free, it remains unclear how this move will generate additional revenue for the Cupertino company.
Considering that this is the first time we are hearing about Apple bringing iMessage to Android, I would recommend you to take this rumor with a spoonful of salt. While bringing iMessage to Android will help in increasing the user base of the messaging service, it will do little to bring in additional revenue for Apple. It is possible that Apple’s decision has been influenced by the launch of two new messaging services — Allo and Duo — from Google that will be available for both iOS and Android devices when it launches later this year. Google also already offers Hangouts for both Android and iOS devices.