Beeper is a new universal chat app that attempts to unify 15 different chat platforms into one interface. It allows among other things to bring iMessage, Apple’s messaging system, to Android and Windows.
Although Beeper integrates the world’s most popular messaging services like WhatsApp, Signal, Telegram, Slack, Twitter, Discord, Instagram, and Facebook Messenger, it is Apple’s iMessage support that is perhaps the most interesting. .
Apple’s iMessage messaging service has never been officially used by Android smartphone users. Already in 2016, an Apple official said that iMessage had no interest in opening up to Android. The service has therefore always been exclusive to Apple devices.
iMessage on Android using the Beeper application
The founder of Beeper, Eric Migicovsky is none other than the founder of the manufacturer of connected watches Pebble, which are no longer marketed today. For example, we were able to test the Pebble 2 + HR at the time. Migicovsky said the app makes iMessage work on Android, Windows and Linux devices “using a few tricks”. It is important to note that Beeper is a subscription service that costs $ 10 per month.
The principle of the application is simple, a single interface for all the ways of “chatting”. It means that all your conversations are gathered in one place, whether it is your SMS, your conversations Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp. You can even code bots like on Discord or Slack.
So how can Beeper bring iMessage to Windows or Android? This is where it gets more complicated. ” Beeper allows Android, Windows, and Linux users to use iMessage in two ways: we send each user a Jailbroken iPhone with the Beeper app installed which bridges iMessage, or if they have a Mac that is still connected to the Internet, they can install the Beeper Mac application which bridges the gap. This is no joke, it really works. Can be seen on the website.
For users who don’t have a Mac, Migicovsky said on Twitter that the plan is to provide old Jailbroken iPhones to send to all paying customers. So far, the founder doesn’t seem to have enough phones to keep everyone happy.. Indeed, he only has 50 telephones. He would be able to provide these smartphones through the paid $ 10 subscription.
Source : gizmodo