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Beeper Mini for Android sends and receives iMessages, no Mac server required

Beeper Mini for Android sends and receives iMessages, no Mac server required


Beeper messages looking iMessage-like blue on an Android phone
Enlarge / A Pixel 3, messaging a savvy iPhone proprietor, one with the sorts of considerations Beeper hopes to resolve for its clients.

Kevin Purdy

Previously week, I’ve despatched an iMessage to 1 buddy from a command-line Python app and to a different from a Pixel 3 Android cellphone.

Sending an iMessage with out an Apple system is not fully new, however this fashion of doing it’s. I did not hand over my Apple credentials or log in with my Apple ID on a Mac server on some far-away rack. I put my major SIM card within the Pixel, I put in Beeper Mini, and it despatched a textual content message to register my quantity with Apple. I by no means gave Beeper Mini my Apple ID.

From then on, my iPhone-toting pals who despatched messages to my Pixel 3 noticed them as other-iPhone blue, not noticeably distracting inexperienced. We may all entry the typing, delivered/learn receipts, emoji reactions, and most different iPhone-to-iPhone message options. Even when I had no lively Apple units, it appears, I may have chosen to fulfill Apple customers the place they have been and achieve end-to-end encryption by doing so.

Powered by a youngster’s reverse-engineering discovery

Eric Migicovsky, co-founder of the all-in-one messaging service Beeper, says Beeper Mini (which must be accessible now) can do that as a result of iMessage has been reverse-engineered. In an interview, Migicovsky stated that Beeper was contacted final summer season by a safety researcher, one who had a Python script proof-of-concept repository to show his discovery. The Beeper group was initially hesitant, having “talked to each individual on Earth, it appears, who stated they’d cracked it, however actually solely partially reversed [iMessage].”

However the script labored (and labored for me, too, as of final week), so Beeper employed the researcher and, during the last three months, fully rewrote their shopper into this new Mini app. It is supplied as a seven-day free trial, then prices $2 per 30 days.

It might or could not shock you to study that the safety researcher is a highschool pupil. “We could not persuade him to drop out,” Migicovsky messaged, including a smile emoji.

Beeper Mini is launching lower than a month after Nothing and Sunbird made headlines for promising iMessage on Android, then unraveling at lightning pace as the scheme was revealed to be “a safety disaster.” So Beeper has written up how iMessage and the corporate’s app work and work together on its weblog, and supplied a bunch of pledges up entrance:

  • Messages are end-to-end encrypted earlier than sending, and neither Beeper nor Apple can see them
  • The encryption keys needed for iMessage don’t go away your system
  • No server sits between Beeper Mini and iMessage servers
  • Your Apple ID just isn’t required
  • Your contact checklist stays in your system

For the time being, Beeper Mini helps group chats, high-resolution pictures and video and voice messages, stickers and GIFs, reply threads, and despatched/delivered/learn/typing standing. Location-sharing, message results (like confetti falling), Facetime, and iMessage-based video games usually are not but supported (and the video games doubtless by no means can be).


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