We recently published an article highlighting a bug in the iMessage service which Apple offers to their users. It appears that Apple has finally begun addressing the issue which has been around since iOS 5 – a whopping 3 years. The bug mainly affects iPhone users who have switched from the popular platform to other alternatives and causes messages to be lost in transmission. According to Apple’s statement, they have addressed the issue server-side and are looking into addressing it on the application/service itself. From the sounds of it, the bug-fix may come as an app update in the near future.
Many users speculate that the bug may be the result of the association of the phone number to the iCloud service and that it mistakenly identifies the new. non-iOS handset as an iPhone and sends the messages via iMessage instead. However, the safest bet on receiving your text messages would be to unlink your number from iCloud or even use other “free” services such as WhatsApp and Viber which bypass the text messaging service similar to what iMessage does.
Source: MacRumors, Android Authority, GigaOM