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iMessage for Android is the messaging solution we need, not the one we want

iMessage for Android is the messaging solution we need, not the one we want

This week, I received a new Android phone in the mail. I removed its plastic wrapping, opened the top, unfurled the hastily-placed screen protector and turned it on. When I booted it up, I logged in with my Google account, restored from a backup of my Pixel 3, and waited for the 80 or so apps I regularly use to restore some or all of their user data.

This is my routine for getting a new phone, and it allows me to get up and running, thanks to Google Cloud Backup, in about 30 minutes. It’s a tantalizing and delightful taste of automation, but its usefulness is only as good, and as engaging, as the apps on my phone.