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Report: Apple to announce iMessage for Android at WWDC

Apple may be ready to pop the Green Bubble.

A report from MacDailyNews suggests that Apple will unveil an iMessage app for at .  The site references a “a source familiar with the company’s thinking,” though cautions the timing is in flux and an announcement could actually come later.

Such a move is less the shocker now than it might have been in the past, given that Apple has three official apps in Play: Apple Music, Beats Pill, and Move to (of course the latter is designed to get you off ).

There’s already plenty to look forward to at , but this adds another layer of intrigue that’s worth watching out for.

Why this matters: Apple may be interested in doing this now that has become a platform for monetization. Facebook Messenger is one of many cross-platform services that now supports bots and payments. Apple is potentially leaving a lot of money on the table by keeping iMessage proprietary—if not through ads, then through bots, person-to-person Apple Pay money transfers, etc. Plus there’s more competition coming with ’s Allo later this year, which may have spurred Apple to go all in with the wars.

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