As Google continues to pursue Apple to open up inter-platform support between iMessage and RCS messaging, it looks like Nothing has taken the initiative to break down barriers between Android and iOS users with its recent announcement. Company CEO Carl Pei revealed that Nothing has been working on an app that will allow Nothing Phone 2 owners access to iMessage services and features.
More specifically, the app will come in the form of “Nothing Chats,” a software feature developed in collaboration with Sunbird and its end-to-end encrypted messaging architecture. With the app, Nothing says that a user’s message sent via Nothing Chats will appear as any other iMessage chat, complete with the signature “blue bubble” that so many iMessage users place importance upon.
“Nothing Chats allows for freedom of communication between anyone regardless of their brand of smartphone – which is how it should be,” notes Pei. “We want to remind consumers that they do have a choice when it comes to device selection and that their daily behaviors should not be dictated by any one company.”
The ongoing quest to develop iMessage and RCS compatibility support is something that Google has been trying at for some time now, given the popularity of Apple’s messaging platform across North America. Most recently, Google is reported to be in talks with EU regulators about forcing Apple to integrate RCS messaging.
In terms of availability, Nothing Chats will be up for download on November 17th via the Google Play Store for Nothing Phone 2 owners. There’s no word yet on whether or not this service will be available for devices from other OEMs, at least at the moment.