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Why Apple gives Android users a green bubble in iMessage



People have been left out of group games, ghosted and ashamed of the fact that their text appears as green bubbles in iMessage. For years, Apple has turned all non-iPhone users text bubbles green, while the iPhone user's bubbles are blue and it has created some drama. In the first episode of season 4 of Why You Push That Button? discusses my co-host, Kaitlyn Tiffany, why iPhone users judge their green bubbly friends.

We're talking to two-time friends whose group club was strained because one of them had an Android phone – to the point where the Android user himself was left out of the chat. Then we talk to a woman who had to leave iMessage to keep in touch with her best friend after she switched to an Android phone.

Finally, we talk to two experts about what really stands behind all this drama. Sarah Allred, Associate Professor of Psychology at Rutgers University, specializes in color perception, and she explains how the green and blue bubbles make us deep in our unconscious mind. Verge s executive editor Dieter Bohn also comes on the show to explain how messaging protocols work and the real reason he believes iMessage has a different color. Apple can't be so unlucky after all.

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