In a longer, more in-depth article, Walt Mossberg asked an Apple executive why iMessage isn’t on other platforms such as Android.

When I asked a senior Apple executive why iMessage wasn’t being expanded to other platforms, he gave two answers. First, he said, Apple considers its own user base of 1 billion active devices to provide a large enough data set for any possible AI learning the company is working on. And, second, having a superior messaging platform that only worked on Apple devices would help sales of those devices — the company’s classic (and successful) rationale for years.

Last week, a rumor went around saying that iMessage could be coming to Android. However, with last week’s keynote, this did not arise. Apple says that its platform is large enough where it doesn’t need to expand onto other platforms.

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