Ahead of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference next week, it appears the company may have a surprise up its sleeve for Android users.
According to a report from MacDailyNews, who cited the classic sources ‘familiar with the company’s thinking’, Apple plans to announce an iMessage app for Android at the annual event.
If the report is to be believed, it will come during Apple’s main keynote on June 13. Like iMessage for iOS, the new Android chat app would give Android users the ability to exchange encrypted text messages.
Apple is apparently focused on bringing services to users beyond its own software platforms, with only Apple Music, Move and Beats Pill supplied from the company to Android. This rumoured move likely comes as competition for Google’s upcoming Allo messenger, which will feature on both iOS and Android.
While we should always treat rumours like this with a decent amount of salt, the source indicated that even if the integration isn’t announced at WWDC, it is “definitely” coming before the end of the year.