- A brand new subscription-based app known as Beeper guarantees to unify 15 messaging apps.
- The app additionally touts iMessage assist.
- The iMessage performance requires a Mac, or Beeper will ship an previous iPhone to you.
There are a great deal of cross-platform chat apps on the market, with the likes of WhatsApp, Telegram, and Signal all obtainable on each Android and iOS. Sadly, Apple’s iMessages app continues to be an Apple-exclusive service. However a brand new app guarantees to unify a wide range of well-liked chat apps, together with Apple’s chat platform.
Beeper is the brainchild of Pebble smartwatch founder Eric Migicovsky (h/t: The Verge), and it guarantees to unify 15 messaging apps into one app on Android, iOS, Home windows, MacOS, and Linux. The app additionally grants capabilities like unified search and the flexibility to set reminders.
Among the extra well-liked apps and companies supported in Beeper embody WhatsApp, Sign, Fb Messenger, Twitter, Discord, Hangouts, Slack, IRC, and sure, iMessage. Nevertheless, the founder admits that it’s needed to resort to a workaround to get Apple’s service working on Beeper.
“Beeper has two methods of enabling Android, Home windows and Linux customers to make use of iMessage: we ship every consumer a jailbroken iPhone with the Beeper app put in which bridges to iMessage, or if they’ve a Mac that’s all the time linked to the web, they’ll set up the Beeper Mac app which acts as a bridge,” reads a proof on the service’s website.
This isn’t an unprecedented workaround, as different unofficial Android apps like AirMessage and WeMessage additionally name for a Mac or iPhone as a relay to your Android machine. However the truth that Beeper is sending a jailbroken iPhone to you (even when it’s a a lot older one) is moderately neat.
The service prices $10 a month, so it’s unclear if subscribers might want to decide to a set time frame if they need the jailbroken iPhone (e.g. six months, 12 months).
The corporate provides that every one of its bridges are open-sourced so you possibly can confirm the safety of your knowledge and take a look at how Beeper connects to every chat service (the consumer app isn’t open supply although). Nonetheless, you possibly can press the button under to take a look at extra information on the Beeper web site.