Tech Tuesday | AirMessage, Digital Discrimination

Turned on Imac Beside Macbook on Table

Up until recently, I thought I had a clear understanding of the Apple ecosystem and how a Mac, an 🍏Watch, and an iPhone could be a stellar combination to have. I love the macOS but like the Android OS better. I’m not saying that the iOS is bad, all I’m saying is that it’s not my cup of tea.

Before getting my OnePlus 6T for Christmas last 2018, I lived with an iPhone 5 for at least 6 months. It was an old phone with battery problems so having a phone during those times was not too exciting for me where it should be constantly plugged in or else the phone would die on me within 20 minutes after a full charge (yes, that bad) but since I was patiently waiting for the release of the 6T, I lived off of the iPhone 5 for a while. I thought to myself while I had the iPhone with me, might as well use the features it offered and iMessage was one of the them.

I wasn’t aware of the whole blue bubble and green bubble thing until I activated iMessage. I get it. I get the appeal. I get the advantage especially for those iPhone users with no text messaging capabilities or as we say in the Philippines, “no load” and would rely mostly on Wi-Fi. I get that, and honestly, I wish Android had that too. The ability for the messaging app to seamlessly switch between regular SMS and to iMessage prioritizing iMessage to help save on your carrier cost. I get that.

Up until recently, a new software for Android came out, AirMessage. There are others out there but this is the one I first discovered so we will talk about this one. It’s not really the app we are after but the ability to let your iPhone-wielding friends know that you are also a blue bubble person. Apparently, it’s a thing.

If you go to the AirMessage website, there is a step-by-step instruction on how to set AirMessage up on your Android phone. The only catch is that you will need a Mac. Makes sense. So if you don’t have a Mac, you lucked out. But at least to those who have Macs and Android phones, you can have that chance to be part of that prestigious group.

Honestly, I find it sad having to resort to faking your phone status by letting your friends using iPhones think that you have an iPhone too making you one of them. It’s sad and stupid, if you ask me. It’s a new form of discrimination thus, can potentially start being bullied for. I know it sounds farfetched but more often than not, bullying stems from simple discrimination.

Think about it. Let me know what you think.

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