WhatsApp’s popularity is plummeting as a result of changes to its usage policy. These changes explain that from now on WhatsApp will start sharing data with Facebook.
This means that right now would be a good time for Apple to give Android and Windows users the ability to use its Messages (iMessages) instant messaging app.
This would provide users with an alternative to the ubiquitous, but insecure and poor privacy programs Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp.
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Although fears of massive espionage and a barrage of publicity appearing in personal conversations are unfounded, more and more WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger users are turning away from those apps. So if your friends are off WhatsApp and Messenger, where can you reach them now?
The problem is that the platforms work if and only if everyone is there. Applications like FaceBook Messenger and WhatsApp have been popular because they worked on all platforms, after the recent negative publicity about them it is no coincidence that applications like Threema and Signal are currently at the top of the App Store’s charts.
So where does Apple come into this? The problem right now is that the Apple Messages app is limited to Apple customers, so it’s not a suitable solution if you have friends and family who use Android, and we all do.
However, Apple’s iMessage solution is private and secure. Apple ensures the security of iMessage conversations with end-to-end encryption. Not even Apple has access to the content, much to the chagrin of law enforcement.
Will we ever have the option to use iMessage on Android?
Original article published in German on our sister website Macwelt.