Called Beeper, the universal messaging client combines 15 different chat platforms — from Discord to WhatsApp and Slack — into one, so you can respond to all your friends and family from one app. Because iMessage keeps people buying new iPhones and Macs, there's little chance that Apple will make the client available outside iOS and macOS. The app costs $10 per month, and Beeper says it will mail users a jailbroken iPhone 4S for sending and receiving messages. Gmail's servers can communicate with Yahoo's because they speak the same language, and users can read their messages from any client they want.
That has allowed for innovative new apps to spring up that rethink the email experience, like Superhuman, Hey, and Google's now-defunct Inbox. The Matrix protocol introduces that type of encryption as a standard, and Beeper hopes to show what an open, secure messaging experience could look like.
And therein came the attention to detail—you’ll be paying $10 per month for the service. You share the credit card details now, but you’ll be charged after a few weeks when you are invited to start using Beeper with the username you’ve reserved for yourself.
There is also the option of paying for a year in advance, that is $120 right away, which the good folks at Beeper say, will bump you further up the waitlist. Beeper isn’t a messaging app by itself—what it does it brings all your existing accounts under one roof, as one app that you open to read and reply to all chats from all linked app.
At this time, you can bring WhatsApp, Signal, Telegram, Facebook Messenger, Apple iMessage, Slack, Skype, Twitter, Instagram, Android Messages, IRC, Matrix, Discord and Beeper network within one app. The app is multi-platform, and is available for the Apple iPhone, iPad, Android phones, Apple macOS devices, Microsoft Windows computing devices and Linux.
Beeper has two ways of enabling Android, Windows and Linux users to use iMessage: we send each user a Jailbroken iPhone with the Beeper app installed which bridges to iMessage, or if they have a Mac that is always connected to the internet, they can install the Beeper Mac app which acts as a bridge. Eric Migicovsky, founder of the Pebble smartwatch company and partner at Beeper, took to Twitter to insist that the jailbreak plan is legit and that he currently has 50 iPhone 4s ready for the task. Another privacy concern is encryption.
Here’s the list of messaging services that are compatible with Beeper:. Android Messages (SMS).
Everyone is up to their eyeballs in monthly subscriptions at this point, and it’s unclear if being up to their eyeballs in messaging apps is a bigger pain in the ass.
Let’s go over how it works. To put it real simply, for $10 a month, Beeper combines the inboxes from services like Twitter, Instagram, Hangouts, iMessage, and WhatsApp.
Once services are logged into, users can search through all of those services via Beeper, experience a single interface for all of them (which does look rather good), and access other features that come standard with Beeper. As you may already know, people have been trying to make iMessage work on Android phones via separate services for some time, and while Beeper says their implementation works, we do have to say it’s one of the jankiest set-ups we’ve ever read. Beeper has two ways of enabling Android, Windows and Linux users to use iMessage: we send each user a Jailbroken iPhone with the Beeper app installed which bridges to iMessage, or if they have a Mac that is always connected to the internet, they can install the Beeper Mac app which acts as a bridge. Services Supported.
This could be a really sweet app if it works the way it’s described, but the real question for me is, will I still show up as a green bubble on my friend’s iPhone?
Unfortunately, Apple’s iMessages app is still an Apple-exclusive service. But a new app promises to unify a variety of popular chat apps, including Apple’s chat platform.
“Beeper has two ways of enabling Android, Windows and Linux users to use iMessage: we send each user a jailbroken iPhone with the Beeper app installed which bridges to iMessage, or if they have a Mac that is always connected to the internet, they can install the Beeper Mac app which acts as a bridge,” reads an explanation on the service’s website.
“We really wanted Pebble to be able to send iMessages, but we could never figure out a way to do it because there’s no API for iMessage,” he explains. But the idea for Beeper came to a head two years ago when he learned about a protocol called Matrix. To make Beeper (previously called Nova) work with all the different chat apps, they had to build these connecting “bridges.” This code is also open-sourced and available at Gitlab.com/Nova.
People can inspect it,” notes Migicovsky. The code installed on the iPhone reads and writes to the database file where your iMessages are stored.
This process allows Android, Windows and Linux users to use iMessage. But it’s not the only way Beeper can make iMessages work. Plus, he notes that the European Commission is working on draft legislation similar to the GDPR that mandates all companies to open up messaging for other platforms.
Instead, the team is building a platform that would allow people to build more tools and apps on top of Beeper — a system sort of like Gmail’s plugins. Migicovsky declined also to detail how the work on Beeper is being financed but when asked if Beeper could be the next step for him — as in, a new company to work on — he replied, “possibly.”.
The default system for texting on an iPhone, iMessage, is one of the most popular communications platforms on the planet. It’s also annoyingly exclusive: while iMessage users can chat over SMS to non-Apple devices, those who prefer Android on mobile and Windows on desktop can’t access its more advanced features.
Beeper users can access their contacts from any of the supported networks, and communicate using whatever service the other party is using, on Android, iOS, Windows, Mac, and Linux. The apps support advanced tools like searches, inbox filters, DMs, and groups, and the open source system can be expanded with extensions and plugins using the Matrix API.
How is Beeper getting iMessage to work on non-Apple platforms, when Apple has been so zealous in locking down its proprietary messaging system? When asked “really?”, Beeper team member Eric Migicovsky (who previously created the Pebble smartwatch) said, “yes!”.
That’s probably why Beeper is $10 a month at launch—a huge investment compared to the free chat platforms it’s interfacing with. At the moment the service seems to be very much in a pre-launch phase—there are no links to apps or software clients, and trying to get started on the website puts you on a signup list.
A new piece of software, dubbed Beeper, collates as many as 15 chat apps into one interface, with iMessage functionality on Android, Windows and Linux offered via a workaround. So far, the app supports the following chat networks: Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger, iMessage, Android Messages (SMS), Telegram, Twitter, Slack, Hangouts, Instagram, Skype, IRC, Matrix, Discord, Signal and the Beeper network. A pipe dream: iMessage for other platforms.
And yes, iMessage works even on Android, Windows and Linux using some trickery 🙂 — Eric Migicovsky (@ericmigi) January 20, 2021. iMessage to this date, as you know, has been exclusive to Apple platforms.
iMessage is Apple’s proprietary messaging system that works across Macs, iPhones, and iPads. This fact leaves out the possibility of iMessage for Android through the Google Play Store or side-loading it directly on your device without Apple’s help.
Apple sells its devices at a premium, making a large percentage of its profits from those hardware purchases. It derives most of its income for services today by placing Google as the default search engine on its devices, but it also takes 30% of every app sale and in-app purchase.
Unless Apple intends to offer iMessage at a cost to Android users to grow services revenue, it’s not likely that Apple will ever release iMessage on Android through the Google Play Store, but keep reading as we have some nice workarounds and alternatives. Tech writers have speculated for years if Apple will ever release their actual iMessage app on Android.
There have been various hacks over the years to “trick” a Mac into relaying a message to an Android device, but these workarounds are scalable and are likely to break in the future. While they could change their mind in the future, Apple isn’t likely to release iMessage for Android.
If you have an Apple ID, you are already signed up The iMessage for Android Ultimate Workaround. What if we said that Spike checked all those boxes and is an iMessage for Android app alternative?
Spike Groups is the perfect way to keep the project organized with messaging, Notes, file sharing, and real-time collaboration. Since Spike works with your existing email account, no one has to sign up for a new service or learn a complicated messenger program. Anyone with an email address can join the group and chat, hold live video meetings, send voice messages, and more.
All your friends and colleagues already use it Spike checks all the boxes as an iMessage replacement for Android. A new chat app is on the market that claims to make iMessage work on Android. Another significant benefit of Spike Groups that makes it an excellent iMessage for Android alternative is Send Later. Do you ever have a time when you want to send a message to a group, but you know most people are still asleep, so you don’t want to wake them up?
Not officially, but there are some “hacks” to relay your messages from a Mac, but do that isn’t supported by Apple. Apple is a hardware company, and they’d rather people buy an iPhone or Mac than use their free messenger service.