According to Josh Constine of TechCrunch a battle between Apple, Google and Facebook over control of instant messaging and email. The victor, he argues, will "sway the future of digital human interaction."
Last week we saw Facebook fire the shot of this war when it changed everyone's profile contact info to display their @facebook.com address and hide their previously selected Gmail, MobileMe, or other email addresses. Why? To box out Google and Apple. Even with natural advantages like a firm grip on identity and the social graph, plus the fact that it works across both iOS and Android devices, Facebook still felt like it needed to attack.
We've likely reached "peak SMS" -- next year fewer text messages may be sent than this year due to the rise of data-based alternatives. Now is the time for one of these three messaging platforms to take the place of SMS.
SMS right now is the only way one can successfully communicate between devices. Google Talk (and all of Google's apps, actually) seem to work when they want to on the Blackberry platform. Google Talk is completely unavailable on Apple. Only Facebook is that messaging service that truly works between systems. I don't think I've ever used Google Messenger and don't even know what it is for.
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