iMessage equivalent for Android
February 22, 2014 7:16 PM Subscribe
Is there a messaging app for Android that works like iMessage -- i.e. capable of handling standard SMS, but seamlessly switching to its own Internet-based service when possible?
I'm very frustrated by all of the messaging options I've seen. Google Hangouts integrating SMS was nice, but I'm still annoyed that SMS conversations are kept in their own threads. WhatsApp and its competitors are also okay, but I can't use them as standard SMS clients to communicate with people who don't want to install them. Frustratingly, Facebook Messenger seems to have worked like this at one point, but then they removed the feature.
Again, just to reiterate what I'm looking for: I want an app that works as an SMS client, but when it detects (by their phone number) that one of my contacts also has it installed and is available, it seamlessly sends its own, internet-based message rather than an SMS. Does this exist for Android? Will it ever exist? And if not, why not -- does Apple hold a patent?