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New app allows Apple’s iMessage to run on an Android phone

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Cecil Davis | 23 January, 2021, 21:05

Most putting is help for Apple's iMessage, as it is only officially accessible on Apple devices. Also Read - WhatsApp vs Signal vs Telegram: The best messaging app for you? What's more, it is available on macOS, Windows, Linux, iOS, and Android.

While there are many more sophisticated messaging apps available, iMessage remains the clear victor among iPhone users for its total ubiquity and simplicity - you don't even need to think about what apps or services your friends are using, since if they're carrying an iPhone, they not only have iMessage, but when you send them a normal text message, the system "just works' to automatically use Apple's messaging platform instead". Been using it as my default chat client for the last 2 years and there is NO going back. But the most interesting point of this app is that it promises the inclusion of iMessage on Androids, Linux and Windows.

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The app is "using some trickery" to achieve this, with the website's FAQ revealing that an always-online Mac running the Beeper app is needed to use as a bridge. This comprises all the major and popular chat services including Telegram, WhatsApp, Twitter, Signal Facebook Messenger, Instagram and so on. The Beeper team sends each user a jailbroken iPhone with the Beeper app installed, that bridges to iMessage. It is a subscription service with monthly fee of $10 (roughly Rs. 730). "I have 50 iPhone 4s sitting here at my desk", Migicovsky said in a consecutive tweet.

He tweeted, "New app alert: I've been working on Beeper for a while, and today we're launching!" One can search for chats from other chat networks on a single platform and even snooze, archive, and set reminders. While the client app itself is not open source, all the bridges connecting it to other chat networks are open source, available on Gitlab. As of now, Beeper is a limited test and users will need to sign up for it to use the service.