iMessage for Android? Yep, Mockups Have “Circulated” at Apple


One week prior to WWDC this year, a rumour claimed iMessage for Android would be announced. Many scoffed at the idea, but some believed it could be real, considering Apple Music exists for Android.

Well, according to “little birdies” speaking to John Gruber over at Daring Fireball, mockups of iMessage for Android actually exist, and have “circulated” within Apple:

I’ve heard from little birdies that mockups of iMessage for Android have circulated within the company, with varying UI styles ranging from looking like the iOS Messages app to pure Material Design. iMessage for Android may never see the light of day, but the existence of detailed mockups strongly suggests that there’s no “of course not” to it.

Gruber is known to have deep contacts with Apple and sources close to the company. In February of this year, Apple SVP of services Eddy Cue, told Gruber peak iMessage traffic per second is at nearly 200,000.

iMessage is one part of the Apple ecosystem which keeps users attracted to iPhone. Would Apple ever expand the encrypted messaging platform to Android?


  • sully54

    If Apple releases iMessage for android then how am I supposed to judge my android toting friends via their inferior green speech bubbles?


  • Agreed

  • Mario Gaucher

    maybe blue for Android and Rose Gold when sent to iPhones?

  • Lakh Jhajj

    “iMessages for Android” will only release the day iPhones are not selling much and Android is killing it. Then Apple will release. Remember Blackberry was forced to release BBM and HUB.