Android and Google released an unofficial explainer video of the lyrics to Drake’s new song “Texts Go Green,” using the occasion to troll Apple over its lack of RCS messaging support.
In a tweet Sunday Android said “#TextsGoGreen hit us differently which is why we had to drop this unofficial lyrics explainer video.”
The hilarious 40-second video says Drake’s new song “refers to the phenomenon when an iPhone user gets stuck” or tries to text someone who doesn’t have an iPhone, saying “Anyway, it’s quite difficult.”
Android then joked “if only a super talented team of engineers at Apple could solve this problem”, stating that this was only a problem that Apple could solve and that Apple “just needs to adopt RCS to make messaging more secure and cross-platform compatible.
Google has already asked Apple to adopt RCS to make messaging between platforms like iOS and Android less fragmented. The issue has become a particular antitrust talking point, leading some commentators to suggest that Apple is trying to keep people in its ecosystem and buying its best iPhones by making iMessage exclusive. The problem is largely confined to the United States where the proliferation of iPhones and the ratio of iPhones to Android devices is much higher. Elsewhere in the world, users tend to use a variety of cross-platform messaging services like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger. RCS does not support end-to-end encryption like WhatsApp or iMessage and does not have any type of cross-device support for use on desktop or laptop devices like iMessage.
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