The morning after: Google uses Drake’s “Text’s Go Green” to explain Apple RCS

From not-so-subtle nudges at I/O 2022 to lengthy Twitter threads from the Android boss, Google has tried to get Apple to adopt the GSMA’s RCS messaging protocol. The latest tool from the Android makers? Drake lyrics.

The official Android Twitter account shared an “unofficial lyric explainer video” for “Texts Go Green,” the third song from Drake’s latest album. Both the title and chorus refer to what happens when an iPhone user blocks someone from contacting them via iMessage, which defaults messages to SMS and loses features like read receipts.

The Twitter account is quick to smash any cultural cachet by referencing the lyrics to a recent Drake song, calling it “a real banger.” And I close my Twitter app.

— Mat Smith

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Free to play, license to print cash.

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Who says size has to be expensive?

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