Shut the Zuck up.
rather on the contrary
I don't really understand the request. Click on a link and open your default browser. Click on an email address open your default mail app. What are you clicking on to open the default messaging app? There is no universal messaging ID so this doesn't seem like a problem. Phone numbers are the closest, but I don't think Facebook Messenger works witha phone number anywa, though WhatsApp, a Facebook company, does.Facebook can quite easily implement a schema for opening Facebook Messenger via a link.
Messenger can’t be used for SMS. So no.
While that is true, mainly it won't can't happen is because there is no universal protocol for messages (unlike mail and web), so its not like all messages can be routed to a single message app. FB is just being a PITA.
Messenger can’t be used for SMS. So no.
FB is being that whiny little brat.I find it amazing that for the total market share that the iPhone has globally (small), companies like Facebook (and banks, and countries) are demanding that Apple open's up it's closed platform to other competitors.
“Another great thing about sharing images and videos through Messenger is that the app and website collect all the media files so you can quickly sift through them.”
“Messenger functions as a simple way to send money to people using just your debit card information. You can do this from both the website and the mobile app.”
“Messenger lets you play games within the app or Messenger.com website, even while in a group message. You don’t have to download another app or visit another website to start playing with other Messenger users.”
“Instead of using a dedicated app to show someone where you are, you can let recipients follow your location for up to an hour with Messenger’s built-in location-sharing feature, which only works from the mobile app.”
“Although Messenger doesn’t have a calendar, it does let you create event reminders through the Reminders button on the mobile app. Another neat way to do it is to send a message that contains a reference to a day, and the app automatically asks you if you want to make a reminder.”
“Add new Messenger contacts by inviting contacts from your phone or, if you’re on Facebook, your Facebook friends. There’s also a custom Scan Code you can grab from within the app and share with others, who can then scan your code to add you to their Messenger instantly.”
So Facebook gathers your media (and can Facial Recognize people), accesses your debit card (and by extension your checking account) info, play games outside of the App Store system, gives away your location as you move, collects event data, can access your entire contact list and add (recruit) new users, just to name a few.
Gee, who gets to benefit from all these “features”? And whose info get analyzed and shared (sold) by Facebook to ad companies and others? And who “guards” this data?
No thanks, I’m not willing to give away my info or the info of others I know. Messenger is an info gathering and recruiting platform rather than a general communication service.
But if iOS users want to freely give up that info, I hope Apple forces FB to disclose, at every decision point, what users are allowing access to. And the option to opt out.
Apple should just release iMessage for Android! Everyone but Facebook and Google would benefit from this move.
They need to STFU!!!
Likely we'll never know, but it would be interesting to know what % of people end up changing their default mail & browser.I'd guess it's pretty low.
There is a universal protocol called RCS that could replace SMS/MMS, but it is up to the cellular carriers to implement it. Here is an article from last year:https://www.theverge.com/2019/10/24/20931202/us-carriers-rcs-cross-carrier-messaging-initiative-ccmi-att-tmobile-sprint-verizonDon’t hold your breath! Apple is not likely to adopt it anytime soon.
CheeseFreeze said:They have become so huge that an App Store is not just an App Store anymore (imagine you could only rent a house from one of the two private companies in the world), and the ability to not allow users to select their default apps system wide is putting Apple’s financial interests over consumer choice and free market values. In fact, Apple has built in this “default app” feature just to prepare for legal antitrust actions against them, so that when they are finally forced to change, they just do a quick iOS update to include other app types. This is terrible behavior from Apple’s part and legal action is way overdue.