I like how iMessages on Apple works because it has additional features if the user is using iMessages but it sends it over text messages instead as a backup inside the same application. It simple displays the user as blue if you are using iMessages or green otherwise.
Is there an equivalent of this for Android?
Besides gracefully degrading these are features I like in iMessages that I would like in the messaging app for Android.
- A way to send decent quality pictures & videos
- Ideally a way to view messages on laptop like iMessages(I believe this only works for iMessages & not SMS messages for fairly obvious reasons)
- displays when the other user has read the message
- displays when the user is typing
Apps I have tried(and at least at this point haven't figured out how to work like this is): WhatsApp, FB Messenger, WeChat, G Hangouts, Telegram, & G Voice
Hangouts & G Voice is quite close but you have to have 2 numbers to get this to work and you are calling through Google's servers(I think) which in my experience makes it very intermittent with calls.