I'm ditching Android for the iPhone — and it's all because of this one thing

Google Pixel 3 and iPhone 14 Pro Max
(Image credit: Future)

I am a lucky winner of the Neighborhood Lottery, living on an adorable suburban street surrounded by, well, neighbors, who are fun, social, and enjoy backyard gatherings with great food and beer. Weekend plans, birthday well-wishes, requests for help with childcare, and jokes are shared on a boisterous group text chain that the adults participate in daily.

As the only Android user in the neighborhood, however, I get to enjoy none of the electronic camaraderie.

Thanks to Apple's refusal to adapt iMessages to work with RCS — the messaging standard used by Android, I'm off in my own green bubble. 

Perhaps you, too, are pushed to the sidelines while all of your iPhone wielding friends share news and amusements that you only hear about days later. Maybe you’ve held back tears (ok, not really) as Apple aficionados tease you about not knowing the latest gossip from the block. 

And when you do manage to receive texts from an iPhone group thread, you seethe with rage whenever anyone reacts with a heart or happy face to a previous message, because instead of seeing the adorable emoji, you just get a repeat of the same text with a note that “Celeste reacted to…” That’s a huge let-down after the endorphin rush of thinking you have a whole new message to check.

It doesn't look like Apple will ever change, either. In a deposition during an Epic games lawsuit last year, Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of Software Engineering admitted that Apple switching to RCS  "would simply serve to remove [an] obstacle to iPhone families giving their kids Android phones.”

In other words embracing RCS could result in fewer iPhone sales. Maybe that's why Tim Cook suggested that someone buy their mom an iPhone when pressed about RCS support in iMessage.

Guess what Tim? You win. After three years of being otherwise happy with my Google Pixel 3 (especially the slideshows of my cats set to “Meow Music”), I am coming back to Apple and getting the latest iPhone 14

Going forward, instead waiting for my husband (Tom's Guide U.S. Editor-in-Chief Mike Prospero) to inform me of the neighborhood happenings, I will be able to hear about tonight’s firepit festivities at my neighbor's house directly from the source and add my own heart emoji to that single message.

Farewell, Android. You’ve served me well, but it’s been a lonely experience.

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Beth Prospero is a freelance writer who has reviewed baby monitors and other devices for Tom's Guide. In her spare time, she enjoys running, knitting, and baking. She also has two cats and one dog, who get along with each other — for the most part. 

  • Feelyourpain
    I definitely feel your pain... Google messages has now built in an algorithm to put the emojis instead of restating everything but that doesn't help the breaking of the green text string that iPhone users loathe.

    If iPhones could get a clipboard and the ability to schedule texts in the future, I think I'd make the jump too. Has anyone figured out how to do/an app to do that on an iphone?
  • Hashedz
    FOMO is not a reason for people to kick things to the curb that are working well, and that goes for more than just technology in one's life.
    Thanks for posting this click bait article of garbage.
  • Okeribok
    Weird that this is such an issue. AFAIK, in Europe ppl don't use built in messaging at all. Most use whatsapp. But then, if you'd want to leave whatsapp because of meta, you would definitely isolate yourself.
  • Tatt5150
    Go ahead and join the star-bellies. I for one, will never join the evil empire.
  • Amigo del ave
    I refuse allegiance to any company, but Apple just does it better.
    As far as that evil empire, I would say Google is more nefarious than Apple given their track records. Google sleeps with law enforcement, a dealbreaker for me.
    Apple offers better security and better privacy.
    Features are great for the kids to flash n brag, but Google is watching them, and admittedly and unabashedly selling them out.

    All that may be, but this ad is poorly disguised as an article.

    Here’s a trick—
    Settings>accessibility> Display and text size >increase contrast
    Kill the lime and cyan with kelly and royal.