Apple says it will support a new messaging standard that will make it
easier to send texts between phones.
But messages from Android phones will still appear as green bubbles,
suggesting those who want the bubble divide to burst may have a long
The company said it will introduce support for a new messaging standard
- Rich Communication Services (RCS) - on iPhones and iOS devices from
RCS is a standard designed to make it easier for phones on different
operating systems to exchange messages.
The move, first reported by 9to5Mac, has been viewed as a sea-change
Apple plans to introduce support for the messaging standard in a
software release later next year.
An Apple spokesperson told the tech publication that RCS would be
better for users seeking to message users of rival phones compared to
SMS or MMS.
"This will work alongside iMessage, which will continue to be the best
and most secure messaging experience for Apple users" the spokesperson