Google tried to troll Apple with this painfully cringey Drake video


Apple {hardware} and Google companies have more and more managed to play good collectively through the years, despite the occasional sparks and antipathy directed at one another from their respective high executives. Google leaders, for instance, love decrying Apple’s ecosystem as an unnecessarily enclosed walled backyard to the detriment of its customers, whereas Apple’s high brass lambasts Google, repeatedly, over privateness missteps.

Plenty of Google companies work nice on iOS — Google Maps, Google Photos, Gmail, and the like. On the flip facet, although, the Apple Messages app has for years performed by a sure algorithm, relegating texts from non-iPhone customers that circulate into the app to ugly inexperienced bubble standing with an inviolable finality.

That’s led to all kinds of back-and-forth about whether or not Apple must carry its Messages app over to Android, just like what the corporate has accomplished with Apple Music. Or in any case modify its messaging app protocols in order that texts from Android customers to iPhones aren’t relegated to second-class citizen standing. Even Drake, of all individuals, appears to have determined to weigh in on this.

Texts Go Green

Honestly, Nevermind is the title of Drake’s just-released seventh album, which debuted on Friday. One of the tracks on the album is titled Texts Go Green, which is a reference to the ugly inexperienced bubbles that interrupt Apple Messages threads when the sender is an Android machine proprietor. Whereas messages from one Apple machine to a different, in fact, are introduced in blue textual content bubbles.

“Texts go green — it hits a little different, don’t it?” Drake sings on the monitor.

Drake, proven on the Grammy awards. Image supply: Xavier Collin/Image Press Agency/MEGA

Googlers apparently agree. The official Android Twitter account over the weekend whipped collectively a tacky video introduced beneath the guise of being an “unofficial lyric explainer video.”

“The Android team thinks Drake’s new song is a real banger,” intones a narrator for the Android video, which you’ll take a look at beneath — and which fits on to lament that Apple hasn’t adopted the Rich Communication Services (RCS) protocol.

“It refers to the phenomenon when an iPhone user gets blocked. Or tries to text someone who doesn’t have an iPhone. Either way it’s pretty rough. If only some super-talented engineering team at Apple would fix this. Because this is a problem that only Apple can fix. They just have to adopt RCS, actually. It would make texting more secure, too. Just sayin’. Great track, tho.”

Apple Messages in iOS 16

Apple, no shock, received’t be altering the colour bubbles or the best way that the Apple Messages app interacts with Android gadgets anytime quickly. What is altering later this 12 months, nevertheless, are some key options of the iPhone maker’s inventory messages app that may get some long-awaited tweaks because of the arrival of iOS 16.

With the next-generation software program replace, Apple will for the primary time, for instance, give customers the power to edit a message that they simply despatched to somebody.

Users may also be capable of un-send messages. Importantly, although, you’ll have a time restrict on modifying and recalling messages in iOS 16. You can solely do both of these inside quarter-hour of sending the message.

Other highlights:

  • If you’re busy, and also you need to spotlight an Apple Messages missive you’ve simply learn, to remind you to answer it later? Finally, you’ll be capable of try this, as effectively.
  • There’s additionally a restoration possibility for deleted messages coming as effectively. But just for as much as 30 days after you’ve deleted the message.