According to MacDailyNews report, Apple plans to announce iMessage for Android smartphones and tablets at a Monday, June 13 WWDC 2016. Announcement of such move on that event will significantly expand the service’s footprint. Until now, iMessage is only available for iOS and OS X users.
Apple to Announce iMessage Messaging App for Android Smartphones
The report also claims that Apple’s plans are continuously changing, so it is possible that the company might not make the announcement of iMessage coming to Android smartphones at WWDC. However, the service would “definitely” be launched on Android this year, claims the publication sources.
IMessage wouldn’t be the first app Apple has brought to Android, having released the “Move to iOS” transfer tool and Apple Music apps last year. Bringing iMessage to Android would also allow Apple to offer secure, encrypted chats to more users.
The announcement would come at a time when Apple is witnessing a slowdown in iPhone sales, while Android smartphone shipments and adoption continues to grow. By bringing iMessage to Android, Apple will open up the messaging service to millions of additional users and help lock in users to its services.
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