[Update] This app sends Android texts as blue ‘iMessage’ bubbles

by NEW YORK DIGITAL NEWS


UPDATE: Dec. 10, 2023, 2:29 p.m. EST Beeper Mini discovered a way to allow Android users to send their texts as iMessage-based, blue bubbles to iPhone users, but according to The Verge, Apple isn’t having it. The Cupertino-based tech giant blocked “techniques that exploit fake credentials in order to gain access to iMessage,” according to Apple’s senior PR rep Nadine Haija.
This, according to Haija, is meant to protect Apple users’ security and privacy.

“It’s not easy being green,” Kermit the Frog once said — and that couldn’t be more true if you’re an Android user in a pro-iPhone environment. iDevice users don’t want to date you, friends berate you for crippling group texts, and people assume that you’re poor.

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Beeper Mini is the best app for Android users who are tired of being left out of the blue-bubble world.
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As a tech reviewer who owns both iPhone and Android phones, I don’t give a rat’s behind about my friends’ protests when I text ’em with my Pixel 8 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra. They will deal. However, if you are tired of iPhone users bullying you, there is a solution: the Beeper Mini app.

Beeper Mini brings iMessage to Android devices

No, efforts to bring iMessage to Android aren’t new, but the Beeper Mini’s method of doing so is.

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Beeper Mini brings blue bubbles to Android phones.
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Other apps “iPhonize” Android phones by transmitting texts through a Mac hosted in the cloud, according to The Verge. However, this is a security nightmare. Sunbird and Nothing Chats had to sunset their iMessage-to-Android services due to severe insecurities. Beeper Mini, on the other hand, does things differently.

The developers devised a way to associate a phone number with iMessage, dispatch messages directly to Apple’s servers, and receive messages back on the phone within the app seamlessly.

“We jailbroke iPhones then dove deep into the OS to see how everything worked,” Eric Migicovsky, Beeper’s CEO, told The Verge.“Then wrote new code from scratch to reproduce everything inside our Android app.”

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Beeper Mini in action.
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Migicovsky claims that Beeper Mini is secure. It can’t see contacts nor messages. According to Ars Technica, you don’t even need an Apple ID to set it up.

As a cherry on top, iPhone users will be none the wiser that you’re an Android owner in disguise.

Apple blocks Beeper Mini’s efforts

Beeper Mini’s success was short-lived. Less than a week after its launch, there were reports on Reddit that users were being plagued with technical issues. Unfortunately for the Beeper Mini team (and fortunately for the Apple team), its efforts to bring iMessage to Android users have been blocked, according to a statement Apple issued to The Verge.

“We took steps to protect our users by blocking techniques that exploit fake credentials in order to gain access to iMessage. These techniques posed significant risks to user security and privacy, including the potential for metadata exposure and enabling unwanted messages, spam, and phishing attacks,” Nadine Haija, Apple’s senior PR manager, said.

In response to Apple’s blockage efforts, Beeper Mini posted the following tweet on its official X page:

“Work continues to fix the issue causing the Beeper Mini outage. We know how hard this has been for those who loved using Beeper Mini, and we’re extremely sorry for the inconvenience. We are feeling good, though, and hope to have good news to share soon.”

How much does Beeper Mini cost?

Beeper Mini once set users back $1.99 per month on the Google Play Store, but as of this writing, it has been pulled down from the Android app store.





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