Is it really a breakthrough? Android users were given access to iMessage technology without an Apple ID
December 5, 19:25 Share:
Beeper Mini promises access to iMessage from Android (Photo: Beeper)
Beeper has released an updated Beeper Mini messenger, providing access to iMessage technology to users of Android devices. However, you can refuse to use Apple ID.
Most pre-existing programs that brought iMessage to Android worked using the user's Apple ID. But this application, as Beeper promises, will allow users to use their phone number to communicate with iMessage clients — the same one used in Google Messages for SMS and RCS.
Beeper claims its program connects directly to Apple services. Therefore, you just need to log into the messenger using your phone number, and messages and media files sent to your interlocutors will be transferred from Android devices to Apple services.
Beeper Mini is free to try for 7 days. After this time expires, the program will become paid: they will charge $1.99 per month.
As 9to5google notes, you can actually use iMessage technologies in Beeper Mini without even logging into your Apple ID account. But skipping this step has a significant disadvantage: the user will not be able to access their messages on other devices running Beeper or Beeper Mini.
The Beeper Mini program itself is a redesigned Beeper messenger. It has an updated design: it combines the features of Google Messages and iMessage.
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Recall that Apple launched its free instant messaging service iMessage back in 2011.. iMessage allows users to send texts, documents, photos, videos, contact information over the Internet to other iOS or macOS users. iMessage is an alternative to SMS and MMS, but does not completely replace them. The messenger allows you to send messages via SMS if, for example, the sender does not have an active Internet connection, or save messages on the server until the connection is restored.
iMessage is officially supported only on Apple devices ( iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac) and is completely free provided the customer has a valid Apple ID account. At the same time, there are many programs that forward iMessages to devices that do not have the Apple operating system installed.
If the user does not want to use a third-party application or the web version of iMessage, he can ask his iMessage interlocutors to send messages via SMS to continue the conversation.
As NV Techno wrote, earlier this month Google, together with key European operators, filed a complaint with the European Commission regarding iMessage. They demand that Apple make its messenger compatible with other devices.
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