Jeffrey kills the idea:
Here’s what will happen. Apple will keep Messages and continue to improve it. The much maligned system on Android phones– SMS text messaging– will remain the de facto standard until everyone in the world hops onto the coming RCS standard already backed by Google.
What does RCS bring to the texting table?
Messages-like features. Think of it as what Messages would be if Messages worked on Android smartphones.
Apple will back RCS, but iMessage or Messages– whatever it’s called– won’t go to Android.