Tim Cook says more Apple apps could come to Android

by: John DyeFebruary 4, 2016
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It looks like more Apple software may be coming to the Android operating system. A recent “Town Hall” event saw Tim Cook revealing to employees that Apple Music was just “testing the waters” of Android to see if there was enough interest to release additional apps on the competition’s platform.

There’s no official word yet as to what apps we might expect from the iPhone manufacturer, but potential choices include a slew of iCloud services from calendars to email to notes. Apple’s messaging service iMessage would be a welcome addition to the Android marketplace for a large number of users who spend their days with a foot in each world, running an Android phone by day but an iPad by night. Apple Pay would be a nice addition too, but there are doubts as to whether it could feasibly make the jump to an alternate operating system and maintain the security it currently has.

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Apple has found themselves in a little bit of a complicated situation. Both Google and Microsoft have made bold initiatives to make their software available on as many devices as possible, regardless of operating system. However, Apple has remained somewhat exclusive, potentially limiting themselves. Now that they’re trying to branch out, they’re finding themselves competing with much more entrenched software, and it’s uncertain how much demand remains for these apps within the Android ecosystem.

What are your thoughts regarding Apple’s move to make more of their products available on Android devices? A savvy business move, or are they too late to the table? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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  • Nick

    The only app I can see that would be great to have on Android is imessage otherwise it’s too late for their other apps bc there are better alternatives

    • 3165dwayne

      True

    • Ryan B

      I agree with that. I would also like to add FaceTime to that, at least for myself. Now if Apple would actually do it or not is a different story. I do not lie when I say that both sides of my family is ALL iOS and iPhones. Actually, I believe there is only ONE person on both sides of my family that has an Android device. That is so sad to me hehe

  • Bart Koppelmans

    This is a great idea, it would make the transition from iOS to Android easier. More people will make the switch and discover the broad range of apps that is available. People will switch to better apps and Android will have more users.

    • AbbyZFresh

      or vice versa. Android people try Apple apps, get sucked into the ecosystem, and find that getting the full experience is to get an iPhone.

      Not good.

      • 3165dwayne

        It normally doesn’t work like that with Android users. People who want an iPhone paid a lot of money for it. Android users either love Android or they couldn’t imagine spending that much on an iPhone.

        • Scr-U-gle

          Shows how little you know, the best selling roid device is the galaxy range, which has been more expensive then the iPhone for a few years now.

          • 3165dwayne

            You idiot, I specifically said that there are those that buy Android because they like it and those that buy Android phones because they are cheaper. There are many Android phones that can be had for less than $100. I didn’t say that all Android phones are cheaper than the iPhone. How the hell did you make it through school?

          • SeanPR11

            because he’s sucking on tim cook’s……………

      • James Dean

        ==========” Android people try Apple apps, get sucked into the ecosystem” ________ You must be fxxx making joke…..As Android user my smartphone fall &brokeand until i can buy new android phone i am forced to use my sisters iphone 4s who ditched iphone for superior samsung, i use iphone for a month time period…and i can’t find any use from ios defectuos apps then simple use of the phone for talking and messages.

        • Diego

          Superior samsung, you lost all credibility with those words.

        • N&LH

          if you don’t know how to take advantage of IOS and don’t know what the OS offers then this is your problem.

          ‘simple use of the phone for talking and messages’…haha what does that mean ? You can do what ever you want. Question what did you used to do with your Android phone you cannot do with iPhone ?

          ‘superior samsung,’ You mean the shitty Samsung, garbage phones. Simply the phone starts playing up in less than one year. Probably you are luck enough if the phone last for a year without problems

      • KylDemon

        You’re assuming that actually happens. Most Android users prefer Google’s apps. Besides, there are way more iOS users switching to Android than vice versa so it’s really not as bad as you think.

        • Diego

          I can confirm.
          my galaxy mega’s software went shit with no reason or warning. Had to restore the phone to factory.

    • Phil

      Agreed 100 percent ?

  • Allyn K C

    I can only see them porting apps where they expect to be able to make money directly through the app. Otherwise, porting a large number of apps would provide an easier path for users to defect from iOS to Android (note: I like the idea of users migrating – but for obvious reasons, I doubt Apple wants that to happen).

    If they were to migrate apps such as iMessage, I would expect it to be a feature-stripped version – something to allow easier communication to iOS users, while limiting its functionality so existing iOS users would see it as a step down.

    • 3165dwayne

      I would like to say that you’re lying…if this was any other company I could say that you’re lying but this is apple so I definitely agree with you.

      • jjredfish

        You mean like how Google dumbed-down Maps so far that Apple had to create their own to even get something as simple as turn-by-turn directions?

        • 3165dwayne

          Lol, Apple created that thing to keep users in a walled garden.

          • jjredfish

            I’ll take Apple’s walled garden over Android’s “open” sewer, any day!

      • N&LH

        All companies after money. Google have all apps on IOS because they can make a lot of money. 75% of Google mobile profits come from IOS. Same case for Microsoft.

        • 3165dwayne

          Lol, what does that have to do with Apple not paying attention to other platforms though they could make a lot of money off of them?

          • N&LH

            haha Apple can make money by having apps like Apple music and iTunes on Android. Apple does not need to have all its apps on Android because Apple does not make money from ads like Google. Simply, nothing to do with ‘Not paying attention’. Google & MS releasing most/all their apps on IOS just to make money.

    • Scr-U-gle

      iMessage can’t come to Android in its secure form, because the Google partners/seed-funders wouldn’t be able to record everything and google could sell what you do to their advertising mates.

      • none

        That’s no different than on IOS

        • Diego

          Please do your research.
          Apple is not an advertising company.
          They charge their users for their services.
          Also, Apple can’t spy on iOS users.

  • Apple should make apps for Android. Microsoft & Google make their apps for iOS & Windows, so they are available on all platforms whereas Apple’s apps are limited only to iOS – that’s not fair. Apple should make Facetime & Siri available to Android.

    • AbbyZFresh

      they NEED to get iMessage to Android. I would use that over any other messenger.

      • vahdyx

        Agreed!!! If they did that it’d be game over for me.

      • mrjayviper

        you need/want it. but Apple don’t need to :)

    • 3165dwayne

      Lol, siri? They can keep that joke, however, as AbbyZFresh points out below, iMessage definitely needs to become cross platform.

    • aaloo

      lol. apple is in business to make money. the only reason they’ll bring their services to android is if they know it’ll make them money. no one cares about what’s fair. the reason google and microsoft have their apps on iOS is because apple’s customer base spends millions on apps and mobile services.

      • Kent

        That’s true. I was just on another forum and a user had an iPad pro and complained about how he was going to have to buy every useful app, no free apps were useful – on Windows (with x86 apps) and Android there are a great number of free apps that earn their money with ads, which allow you to try the app and use it as long as you want – and if you want to support the dev, you can pay for the upgrade which is a great great great mentality. I really this way to monetize apps and games.

  • Karl Lukan

    I hope people become mature and not hate every app made by Apple. It’s getting annoying. Apple Music is a really good music player.

    • moew

      This will only make it easier for people to switch to Android… well, if they haven’t switched already.

      • Phil

        Why wouldn’t people want to switch to a more customized OS that kicks Apples ass in every way. The phone selection alone is worth switching for, never mind the apps.

        • Diego

          Ummm, not many people customize.

    • 3165dwayne

      Did people massively hate Apple music? I know they hated some switch to iPhone app but I didnt know they hated on a good app.

    • none

      “Apple Music is a really good music player.”
      It’s very good. I almost bought it. But then I found out that the Google Music one had everything that Apple Music had (the 30,000,000 or so songs), and in addition, to that, Youtube Red/advanced Youtube abilities. The choice became clear.

  • Andrew Blackburn

    Make iTunes match subscription available on Android. I have 3000 odd tracks in Apples vault which I can no longer access.

    • Donagh

      If you have mp3s and music downloaded from iTunes or even CDS, I personally recommend for the time being uploading them to a cloud service such as One Drive, Google Drive or dropbox and using Doubletwist cloud player to access them.

  • Jed Marsillo

    I would like to see Face time. Not because I want to use it but because no one in my family will use hangouts or skype. like Facetime and apple are the end all and be all but if they released an app for it I would probably use it just to talk to my family on the west coast.

  • Durga Pokala

    iMessage and FaceTime must come to Android. I love Android and the Android ecosystem, but 95% of people at my school have iPhones and its annoying because they can group chat using iMessage. It’s about time iMessage came to Android so that I can stop my carrier from looting due to SMS fees (I use prepaid). I know that there are 3rd party apps like Whatsapp and Hangouts but people aren’t willing to download an app for the sake of 5% of the people. Google and Microsoft have cross-platform apps. I don’t know what is preventing Apple from doing so.

    • AbbyZFresh

      It could risk diluting their exclusive brand value.

      If i have an iphone 4S and it breaks. Why should I destroy my wallet buying a $700 iPhone when i can get a perfectly function $200-$300 Android phone with the essential Apple apps I already used on my 4S?

      • mrjayviper

        you must be poor/struggling if $700 can “destroy” your wallet…

  • Ryan Schack

    I would definitely download and use an iMessage app. I hope if not apps do come that that’s one of the first.

  • Julian Casio Santana King

    I message plz

  • strapabiro

    yes, but why.gif

  • Trenton Matthews

    If Facetime ever came to Android, even if it was priced at 0.99 USD, people would surely “grab it!”

    In addition, for the blind/visually impaired community particularly, (me being apart of it,) the more Apple apps that come to Android, the more developers will actually give care to blind Android users, and at least would want to port their apps over.
    I myself would have no need to use iMessage. But Facetime? Hmmm…

  • Kent

    I see so many people talking about iMessage and Facetime… I don’t have a single friend who use those! Whatsapp, Line and Skype rule them all here. In my family and friends we personally use Line which handles instant messaging, stickers, videos, voice calling, video calling, file storage and sticky pads…. It’s cross platform (Android, Windows, Windows Phone, Mac, iOS, PC, Blackberry, etc)… Whatsapp I use for work and Skype – never. But I know a lot of businesses that internally rely on Skype to contact all the employees.

  • Gautam Nair

    Apple has too much of a monoploly on apps and many devs add benifits to people who use apple devices. For example in the apple version of instagram there are no ads whereas there are ads present in the android and windows version

    • none

      Words mean something. The word “monopoly” does not apply at all to this situation where there are many many options, not just one.

  • Mohamed Jibril

    If anyone wants the superior iOS apps then he or she should buy an iPhone or stop dreaming about getting those exclusive apps in their horrible android ecosystem

    • Gautam Nair

      Thats just ignorant

      • Mohamed Jibril

        If you can’t afford to buy iPhone then just stay with your cheap android phone and stop dreaming

        • Gautam Nair

          They’re are good androids that trump appple products you ignoramus

          • James Dean

            Don’t lose your time with such ignorant and amoral beings,for them it’s all about money and prestige,to show off with expensive things, it’s not about the freedom and multi usefulness that Android system offers …..They could show of to be praised among people with horse shit content in their pocket that is beautiful packaged in box and tell people that is ,,expensive,, gold egg from duck worth millions. :D

          • Mohamed Jibril

            Oh poor man

          • Phil

            Well said ?

        • none

          With iPhone? I can afford it. But it means I pay a little more for a phone that is harder to use and does less than my Android phone. A downgrade for spending more money.

    • Phil

      Superior in what way? Oh you mean that you have to pay for everything. Idiot.

      • Mohamed Jibril

        No at least my privacy is respected by apple while google is selling your details to ads companies. Also everybody knows that iphone is far superior to any android craps

        • Phil

          Apple phones are garbage, if you like your low spec low res garbage then fine. I guess you like garbage then. Their are 300 dollar Android phones with better specs than your piece of crap iPhone. Do some research dumb ass.

          • Mohamed Jibril

            Why everyone of you is using an abusive language, I didn’t call any of you ignorant or dumbass, why you can accept that there are many people around the world who like iPhone bec. It just simply work perfectly, and we don’t need the android garbage phones with nice specifications on paper only , while in real world they can’t match iphone in functionality and snappiness

          • N&LH

            Agreed. Android phones have wow specs on paper only, when it comes to real world performance, responsiveness etc, the phone struggles. Android vendors pack their phones with wow specs just to get the phones work like formal. Malware users always think specs are important. Apple proved the opposite, iPhone simply smokes any Android phone out there.

          • Phil

            Apple phones suck ass, they get decent benchmarks cause their running on low resolution, while the Android phones on the same benchmark are running on 1080p or QHD. Lol ? doesn’t even have a QHD capable device yet. You can have your garbage IPhone.

  • ak47ftw

    go away apple we dont need ur crappy apps

    • Donagh

      Competition is always a good thing. Spotify Premium and Apple music are the same price and do basically the same thing, well actually Apple Music does a lot more, and they are as I said, the same price. Apple Music existing will either make spotify cheaper or better so I view it as unwise try and shoo them away from an app ecosystem you are supporting., Apples presence on Android is a very good thing like them or not.

      • none

        And the Google Muslc one does a lot more than Apple Music

  • King_Android

    Im only interested in iMessage and Facetime. No other app would dare see the light of day on my phone.

  • harrydevlin

    LOL, there are a bunch of Android apps that would be good to have on the iPhone, but that Apple won’t allow, and for which there are no good Apple equivalents.

    There is still an “app-gap” but now it’s iOS that lacks some very useful apps.

    • none

      Yes. This is one reason I won’t downgrade to an iPhone: too many of the apps I need simply aren’t on IOS.

      IOS is a lot harder to use, as I found out when I spent a whole morning trying to copy an MP3 from a PC to an iPhone. Never could figure it out, and failed. But then I attach my Android phone to my USB drive and I can copy to the phone and play anything in seconds.

      • Mohamed Jibril

        You are right because iphones are for smart people only.

  • none

    The only way for Apple to get any of my money is to make stuff that they sell work on Android. No way am I downgrading to an iPhone,so they won’t get any hardware money from me. But this way, they might get some app or media money from me.

    They almost did get my money when I considered subscribing to Apple Music for Android, but the Google Music option turned out to have a lot more value, so I went with that instead.

  • Joshua Hill

    I don’t even own an apple device but I would look into iMessage if it was available. Possibly other apps too.

  • Diego

    So, they want to extend their ecosystem to more platforms.
    No wonder their CFO was all about services.
    Big money opportunity in android for them.
    Assuming* that* android* users* pay for it*.