SMS is doomed: Google working on Android iMessage, BBM competitor
Hot on the heels of Apple’s recently announced iMessage app in iOS 5, it appears that Google also has its own Android messaging client in the works, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Cue flailing, railing, and rampant speculation.
How the Carriers Can Fight iMessage
Apple loves to think it’s in control, but it’s entirely dependent on the carriers to transmit its data, and the carriers set the terms. If they decide to act together against this threat to their texting dollar, there’s nothing Apple can do. And the carriers have several alternatives.
This fight is gonna be good.
Apple Has Finally Stuck A Dagger Into SMS
As one of the core new features highlighted today in iOS 5, iMessages has one purpose: to kill SMS. That is, traditional carrier-controlled text messages. iMessages will do this by replacing SMS with a service that Apple is in control of across all of their iOS devices. And here’s the real death blow: iMessages will be completely free.