The new Android iMessage app ‘Beeper Mini’ that became the first and only easy solution for Android users to communicate with Apple users via iMessage, recently
started experiencing technical problems in just less than a week since its
launch. More and more users started reporting being unable to send and receive their
iMessages in the app. It is speculated that Apple may be responsible for Beeper Mini’s
Beeper Mini was developed as a result of massive efforts that went into figuring out the entire process of how to register a phone number with iMessage, send messages directly to Apple’s servers, and have messages sent back to the device natively inside the app. The toughest part of it, according to CEO of Beeper Mini, Eric Migicovsky, was cracking Apple’s code that detects if the connected device is a legitimate Apple product.
Upon being questioned whether Apple is the one to blame, Eric
Migicovsky pointed out the irony that if its Apple that “truly cares about the
privacy and security of its own iPhone users,” then why would it stop a well-working
service that allows for encrypted messages to be exchanged between Apple and
Android users instead of using unsecure SMS?
We have yet to find out if Apple really is the culprit behind Beeper Mini’s blockade and whether or not the app creators will be able to work their way around it.