Google uses Drake’s new Texts Go Green song to pressure Apple into adopting RCS

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Tamsin Rodriguez20 June 2022Last Update : 2 weeks ago
Google uses Drake’s new Texts Go Green song to pressure Apple into adopting RCS

The “green bubble” has become part of everyday language – the expression is so popular that it was on Drake’s 7th album Honestly, Never mind, which was released last Friday. The third song is dubbed Texts Go Green and if you do not know what that means, here’s an explanation from an unexpected source – Google’s Android team.

The song refers to speech bubbles that change from their usual blue to green when the receiving user blocks you on iMessage. But there’s another reason why texts turn green – an Android user joins a one-on-one or group chat.

This often leads to Android users being excluded from group chat or even bullying. Google has urged Apple to address the issue by introducing RCS on its iDevices. RCS is hailed by its followers as the successor to SMS, it has many features that we have come to expect from chat apps that just do not work well over SMS / MMS.


Left: iMessage โ€ข Right: Messages sent via SMS are displayed in green

RCS allows users to send and receive high-quality images and videos, to display writing indicators and read receipts, as well as responses. It works over an internet connection (mobile or Wi-Fi) and supports encryption. The proprietary iMessage protocol does these things too, but is only available on Apple devices.

When chatting with an unsupported device, the app switches to regular SMS for text messages and responses, sending pictures and videos over MMS (which is an old protocol and compresses files to small sizes of a few hundred kilobytes). These messages appear in the dreaded green bubbles.

PS. Here is the song in question, Texts Go Green:

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