Opinion: Google creates pointless chat app for Android users

Chat recently became available to all Android users in the US.


Chat recently became available to all Android users in the US.

Leah Daher, Guest Writer

Google’s unoriginal copy of the iMessage app provides Android users with resources that Apple has effectively provided already.

The new messages service is called Chat. In a CNN business article, Jordan Valinsky wrote of the app, “It contains an array of improved tools that mirror Apple iMessage.”

However, if Google’s inability to come up with their own ideas was not enough, there is another reason that users should stick to Apple.

The same CNN article shared that, unlike iMessage, Chat compromises the privacy of its users. Valisky wrote, “Google can still technically see messages as they arrive on its servers and may have to turn them over to law enforcement if asked. This could be a concern for Android users and security advocates.”

On the other hand, iMessage users do not have to worry about their privacy. iMessage’s privacy policy, found on the Apple Support website, wrote, “We designed iMessage and FaceTime to use end-to-end encryption, so there’s no way for Apple to decrypt the content of your conversations when they are in transit between devices. Attachments you send over iMessage (such as photos or videos) are encrypted so that no one but the sender and receiver(s) can access them.”

This issue alone should be a wake-up call to Chat users.

Moreover, RCS, a successor to SMS, still has a long way to go. In an article published by BGR, Andy Meek wrote “For one thing, some carriers including Verizon and AT&T still can’t use RCS to connect to each other.”

Clearly, Google has failed not only in protecting their users’ privacy, but also in their attention to detail. These concerns do not exist with users who stick to Apple.

Apple’s innovation over the years has continued to satisfy so many. Using the knock-off version of their creation is a disservice to one’s self.