Facebook wants one to have the ability to choose Messenger because the default messaging app on iOS, The Information reports. Apparently, Facebook has been attempting to convince Apple to let users swap the default messaging app to Messenger for a long time. Given that iOS 14 lets users select alternative web email and browser apps, Facebook is renewing its Messenger push.
“We feel people can choose different messaging apps and the default on the phone,” Stan Chudnovsky, a Facebook VP, told The Information. “Generally, everything anyway is moving this direction.”
Messenger probably isn’t the best option for the main messaging app, but having the ability to reset the default could enable you to choose apps offering an improved experience than Messenger or Apple’s Messages.
Android’s mobile OS lets users choose their preferred messaging app already. Sadly, Apple won’t give users that choice probably. Apple’s Messages app is one reason that folks buy Apple hardware still, and Apple uses the encrypted messages to brag about its privacy practices.
But not allowing users to decide on their default messaging app could increase the argument that Apple practices “monopolist behaviors.” The ongoing company is facing increased criticism over its App Store fees, which is the mark of multiple antitrust investigations. Today, Epic Games, Others and spotify announced the Coalition for App Fairness, an alliance to pressure both Google and Apple to improve their app store rules along with other restrictive policies.