My switch from Android to iPhone shows me what my friends really think


Now that I’ve FaceTime, I’ve buddies who all of the sudden need to video name.

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I made a decision to change to iPhone from Android earlier this month, and I did not suppose it was going to matter very a lot. Over the previous few years whereas utilizing Android telephones, I simply contacted family and friends with out utilizing iMessage and FaceTime as a result of there are such a lot of non-Apple providers that allow you to textual content and video chat in 2021. Though the 2 providers have been going to change into obtainable as a perk to having an iOS gadget, I believed actually we might moved previous whether or not somebody was a “inexperienced bubble” or a “blue bubble” in a textual content message. However then after I began utilizing my new iPhone, the next messages began coming in from a number of buddies:


iMessage is good, nevertheless it should not be important.


“I am so completely satisfied you’re blue now!!!”

“Bienvenue a la Membership Apple!”

“It is about time.”

These are all precise statements, whether or not by texting or in individual, that buddies being made conscious of my swap have instructed me… and I merely don’t perceive why.

Sure, iMessage is handy. Sure, so is FaceTime. Whereas I personally determined to purchase an iPhone 12 Professional Max for the redesign and app privateness controls in iOS 14.5, I did not anticipate it to make a distinction for anybody in my social circle. I particularly did not anticipate it to matter to the purpose of displaying pretty intense reduction and jubilation.

Over the last three years utilizing Android on a Moto Z2 Play and a Pixel three XL, the identical buddies merely “met” me on different providers. Many use WhatsApp for texting. Google Duo is my favourite technique to video chat — and admittedly already contains lots of the new enhancements coming to FaceTime this fall in iOS 15 similar to invite hyperlinks, Portrait Mode and chatting within any net browser. A mix of Fb Messenger and Microsoft’s Skype hits most different contacts who aren’t into WhatsApp or Duo. And even a current group chat that was trudging alongside on MMS shifted over to Instagram. (Alas: I want extra folks had entry to RCS messages….)

Regardless of the clear consolation folks have for these non-Apple providers, within the weeks main into my gadget swap a number of of my buddies instructed me their plans to give up these different providers as soon as I moved to iOS.

“You are the one one I discuss to on WhatsApp,” confessed a detailed faculty pal who beforehand instructed me it was tremendous handy…

Two buddies I converse to totally on Fb Messenger instructed me about their pleasure for shifting our chat to iMessage, after which I spotted one in every of them had by no means even given me their cellphone quantity.

Signal and WhatsApp messaging

Sign and WhatsApp each provide encrypted messaging, whether or not or not you employ an iPhone.

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And one other pal not often had any curiosity in doing video chats with me once I used Android, however now that they will FaceTime, I get unprompted calls.

My members of the family, graciously, haven’t cared whether or not or not I am utilizing an iPhone. Whereas I do know utilizing FaceTime is a desire for them, one factor was extra vital: Does it work? So at the least with them, video chats over WhatsApp and Skype are nonetheless viable.

Even Apple is beginning to acknowledge that facilitating a quick and straightforward dialog it doesn’t matter what gadget persons are on is what’s most vital. FaceTime opening up a little bit bit to incorporate contributors on Android, Home windows and wherever an online browser hundreds is a half-step: ideally when it launches it can let iOS folks embrace anybody they need in a dialog, however truly beginning a FaceTime name seems to be to stay unique to Apple gadgets. In an interview with UrAvgConsumer, Apple Senior Vice President Craig Federighi acknowledged that opening up FaceTime has change into what its prospects need.

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“Fairly often there was somebody in a big group who possibly did not have an Apple gadget and you do not need to shut them out of the celebration, and but we did not need to have to make use of one thing apart from FaceTime and so we thought as an Apple buyer, what would you like, you do need to have the ability to pull in your whole buddies,” Federighi stated within the interview with the YouTube channel.

And whereas that is nice, it is also about being aggressive. Apple is aware of that if it does not meet up with rival providers like Zoom, even probably the most loyal Apple prospects might flip away from providers like FaceTime. 

As for me, making the swap did not change a lot. I nonetheless talk with everybody in my life. It is simply that now due to my “blue bubble,” it is a little bit bit simpler for my family and friends preferring utilizing an iPhone.

What’s your favourite app for texting and video chatting? And is it significantly vital in your family and friends to make use of iMessage or FaceTime? Inform us within the feedback.