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Apple douses rumor of impending iMessage release for AndroidI think that a lot of people miss the point that not having imessage cross platform actually degrades the experience for iPhone users. When you have friends and family on Android and they can't use imessage with you, that impairs your experience as an iPhone user. So going cross platform actually improves the experience for existing iPhone users. That is something that no one talks about. Not to mention that imessage is the default for iPhone users, so the only way to gain imessage users is to convince more people to switch to iphone, which really isn't happening.
Google I/O 2016: Android's Instant Apps seek to solve a key mobile problemA couple of points. First, I don't know about most users but thr majority of my searches are still done in a traditional search engine, primarily Google. Apps are isolated and not the most efficient way to quickly get at information. When i would search for info in spotlight, more often than not i would end up searching in google for my answer. So to talk like Google as a search engine is becoming irrelevant sounds like the kind of stuff apple fan boys dream about at night.
I don't see instant apps as a way to keep Google search relevant, but rather a way to serve up apps quickly to people with limited resources, either in terms of phone capacity or data.
As much as Apple has tried to freeze out Google from their ecosystem, most people still rely on Google for their email or for search, and that's not changing anytime soon. Google still does online services better than any one else, and even Apple still lags far behind.