iMessage has been around for years, and it’s safe to say that it’s immediately recognizable. Despite the fact that Apple’ stock messaging app is pretty barebones when it comes to aesthetic, you know you’re looking at iMessage when you see its most defining feature: the blue bubbles. So much so that when you see those blue bubbles in anothermessaging app, like in a movie, you know what the film’s trying to get at — even if they couldn’t use iMessage directly.
Apple has built upon iMessage in pretty great ways, including Animoji and things like that. You can use stickers, there are read receipts, and, of course, the messages are encrypted. It’s what a lot of people want to see out of the stock Android experience. It feels like that may be a possibility one day, but, for now, it’s still a dream.
But let’s go back to those blue bubbles.
As someone who has switched from iOS to Android more times than I can count, those blue bubbles have come up quite a bit. Now, I can say that in most cases it doesn’t matter to the majority of people I talk with on a semi-regular basis. Most of those folks probably don’t care much about the features that are baked into iMessage, either.
But, I do have one friend who calls me out on switching devices just by saying something like, “Back to the green bubbles?” or something to that effect. We joke about it a bit (as I hope every single time that I’ve remembered to turn iMessage off before I made the switch) and then it’s typically forgotten. Eventually I switch back and the blue bubbles return and everything is right with the world, I guess.
I try not to pay any attention to read receipts on a normal basis. And while I use the features in iMessage quite a bit, especially when it comes to sending a movie showtime to a friend or something, they aren’t features I couldn’t live without, either. So the blue bubbles don’t really matter to me — even if I do pay attention to whether or not someone I’m talking to is using them.
It’s just ingrained in my initial reaction and I don’t even know why. Because while some folks might care (especially if they are in a group chat and there is only a single Android user in the mix) about those green and blue bubbles, I can say I genuinely don’t. The person I talk to every single day on my phone doesn’t have blue bubbles and that’s okay.
All of this to say that earlier today Samsung launched a bunch of different GIFs to help those who have green bubbles instead of blue “fight back” by saying they don’t care. Some of the GIFs are absolutely insane, like one blue chat bubble that has a green chat bubble bursting out of its back. Or a body-less unicorn head stabbing a blue chat bubble and turning it green.
Some of them are crazy. And most of them are oddly violent?
These GIFs are meant to be sent to iOS users who show some kind of disdain for the green bubbles. And maybe it will work? But I can’t really see these GIFs working the way Samsung might think they should. I laughed at a couple, but most of them are just really weird.
So, two questions then: after you’ve seen the new GIFs, what do you think of them? And, most importantly, do you actually care about green or blue bubbles? If you’re an iOS user, have you avoided texting someone that doesn’t use iMessage? And if you’re an Android user, has anyone ever “called you out” for not having blue bubbles in a serious way? Let me know!