Following the release of Apple Music for Android, does the Cupertino company have plans to build more apps for the world’s largest mobile platform? A new job listing, via 9to5Mac, suggests that could very well be the case.
“We’re looking for engineers to help us bring exciting new mobile products to the Android platform,” the listing says.
Without official confirmation from Apple, the company’s intentions are pretty clear. The only part we don’t know is what apps Apple might bring over to Google’s platform. Could Apple’s iWork and iLife suites finally be available outside of the company’s walled garden? 9to5Mac makes perhaps the most obvious suggestion: iMessage.
While platforms like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger are growing in stature, bringing iMessage over to the Android platform could grow the service’s usage exponentially. Right now it’s an exclusive service to Apple users, but it would be right at home over in Google’s playground, finally allowing Android and iOS users to communicate.
Google already offers a handful of standalone apps for iOS—a lot of times they’re actually better than they are on Android—and it looks like Apple might be ready to reciprocate the love. Android users might already have their preferred music, messaging and productivity apps, but it certainly doesn’t hurt to have more options.
When Apple Music launches for Android this fall, the small gesture might be the start of something completely unprecedented for Apple: acknowledging that other mobile platforms exist.