Beeper gives up on bringing iMessage to Android after months-long battle with Apple

Beeper has decided to back out on its mission to bring iMessage to Android devices. This decision comes after numerous attempts and workarounds by the company to bypass obstacles and restrictions imposed by Apple. In one of their blog posts, Beeper mentioned that whenever Apple interferes with their service, it negatively impacts their credibility and described the situation as unsustainable.

The process to get the iMessage app working on Android has become increasingly convoluted, requiring users to have an old jailbroken iPhone and a Mac or Linux computer. This includes the installation of a Beeper tool to generate an iMessage registration code, updating the Beeper Mini app, and leaving the iPhone always plugged into power and connected to Wi-Fi. Alternatively, users can rent an old iPhone or soon rent one directly from Beeper.

The complexity of these latest workarounds has significantly detracted from the initial appeal of Beeper, potentially causing many users to lose interest in the service. Some have already given up on previous workarounds, and this latest one is likely to repel even more. However, Beeper believes that this latest solution is something that Apple can tolerate, stating this in a blog post.

Despite Beeper’s pivot away from bringing iMessage to Android, the company has decided to make the software open source, allowing other developers to explore the possibility of achieving what they could not. As they move away from their iMessage project, Beeper is refocusing on their goal of building a top-tier chat application.

Apple has not responded to inquiries made by TechCrunch regarding the situation. As the drama unfolds, a group of bipartisan lawmakers has called on the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate Apple’s treatment of Beeper, citing potential anticompetitive behavior. Although it is unclear what may come from this, it underscores the magnitude of the impact that this issue has made in the tech industry.

It’s worth noting that while Beeper’s journey to bring iMessage to Android has come to an end, the company believes that this latest incident will prompt further scrutiny of Apple. They speculate that Apple’s actions could stem from fears of decreased iPhone sales if iMessage were to become available on Android. Beeper’s latest move has left many questioning what the future may hold for the popular chat application, but also provides a peek into the complexities of competition and innovation within the tech sector.


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