What did you say?
“messaging is nicer on the iPhone”
I know a lot of people with I-Phones and I can't remember one of them ever saying that. Apple was late again to the chat party and went again with a proprietary solution.
In the same way that YouTube popularised video on the web, it was really WhatsApp that really popularised OTT chat services. As Andrew Orlowski noted at the time BlackBerry had already done everything with BBM but were just too slow in breaking out of the BlackBerry world; Microsoft could possibly done it with Skype but spent years fucking around. Essentially leaving the stage empty for WhatsApp (and a couple of others in some countries) to sweep up.