How can I send Messages to iPhone and Android?

Episode 1338 (38:38)

Ben from Memphis, TN
Apple Messages

Ben decided to make the switch from Android to iPhone and he thinks he's made a mistake. He did it because everyone else in the family is on the iPhone, but he doesn't get to iMessage with groups. Leo says he can't because Apple's Messages isn't cross platform. Apple doesn't care -- they want to lock users into the iPhone ecosystem.

How can Ben remove iMessages from his phone? Leo says he can deregister his number from iMessage at support.apple.com. Or everyone could use a third party messaging app like WhatsApp or Google's new Allo.