You May Have iCloud and iMessage on Your Android Phone in the Near Future, Hints CEO Tim Cook
Apple debuted on Google’s competing mobile OS last year with the launch of Apple Music on Android. At the time, the decision seemed logical, considering Apple couldn’t hope to overtake Spotify without tapping the huge Android user base. But now, it looks like there was more to that decision, at least if comments made by CEO Tim Cook at recent Town Hall event for Apple employees are to be believed.
According to anonymous sources at the event, Cook said that launch of Apple Music on Android was a way of “testing the waters” to see if there was a potential to further expand its services division on Android.
With iPhone sales apparently reaching their peak, Apple’s strengthening itself as a services company makes sense; and an expansion to Android is a necessary step in that transition. There are various iCloud services, including calendars, email, notes and reminders which can be of great benefit to users of Android smartphones and Mac computers, providing tighter integration between their devices.
Never forget the unprecedented service offered by iMessage as it would connect both iOS and Android users on the platform. Apple Pay is another major initiative for the Cupertino giant, but an Android port doesn’t look too feasible from a security standpoint as Apple won’t have the same control over both hardware and software as it does on its own platforms.
We might hear from Apple regarding such a move at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference which is scheduled for this June.