A U.S. Federal judge has dismissed a suit against Apple that claimed the company's iMessage system was illegally intercepting and failing to deliver text messages to Android phones.
This is the second win for Apple in the case, as earlier this year, the courts ruled that it wasn't eligible for class action. Plaintiffs tried to prove that Apple was breaking federal wiretap laws, according to Business Insider.
The case was spawned by several former iPhone users that later switched to Google Android phones. At the time, it was a challenge to continue receiving text messages on the Android phones as the plaintiff's phone numbers were registered with Apple's iMessage system.
I ran into the same issue a number of times as I routinely switch my SIM cards between handsets running various platforms; I'm now using a Google Nexus 5X, for example, which is a great sub-$400 handset.
After many phone switchers complained to Apple and the initial suit was filed, Apple created a website to de-register phone numbers from its iMessage service. The other alternative these days is to disable iMessage on an iPhone before switching a SIM card to an Android phone.
The issue reminds me of how in 2010, Steve Jobs suggested that Apple's FaceTime platform would become an open standard.
That never happened but if it did, iMessage could have followed suit. Indeed, many of the current advanced messaging services carriers have been rolling out of late offer similar features to iMessage, including read receipts and the ability to see when the other party is typing.