Google Accused Apple of Exploiting ‘Peer Pressure and Bullying’ for Profit With Its Blue and Green Imessage Bubbles

Google Accused Apple of Exploiting ‘Peer Pressure and Bullying’ for Profit With Its Blue and Green Imessage Bubbles


Date: January 10, 2022
Tags: #android #apple #google #ios

Some young people feel social pressure to own iPhones so they have full access to Apple’s messaging service iMessage, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal.

When iPhone users exchange messages using iMessage they appear in blue bubbles, whereas messages sent to iPhones from users of Google’s Android mobile operating system appear in green.

Some young people said they feared being ostracized from social circles if they gave up their iPhones, according to The Journal’s report, which involved interviews with a dozen teens and college students, and was published Saturday.

Google Senior Vice President Hiroshi Lockheimer on Saturday hit out at Apple’s iMessage strategy. He said on Twitter: “Apple’s iMessage lock-in is a documented strategy. Using peer pressure and bullying as a way to sell products is disingenuous for a company that has humanity and equity as a core part of its marketing. The standards exist today to fix this.”

Apple did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment on Lockheimer’s statement.

For the full story, visit  Business Insider – https://www.businessinsider.com/google-apple-imessage-iphones-android-green-blue-bubbles-peer-pressure-2022-1

Posted by: Faisal Hussain

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