Beeper Mini’s iMessage App Is Back, But Things Are Different

Now there’s a big story around the Android app that tried to bridge the iMessage gap. Yes, I am talking about Beeper Mini. The app became a huge hit and was downloaded by more than 100,000 people in the first 48 hours. After getting initial success, the app faced a temporary shutdown and re-emerged with some compromises. Although Beeper Mini is back, it has lost the feature that made it to the headlines.

In the initial version of Beeper Mini, you only needed to put your phone number and you could send or receive iMessages. But the new version of the app now asks users to sign in with their Apple ID credentials.

Apple claims that Beeper Mini is not safe. These kinds of apps pose significant risks to user security and privacy.

“We took steps to protect our users by blocking techniques that exploit fake credentials in order to gain access to iMessage. These techniques posed significant risks to user security and privacy, including the potential for metadata exposure and enabling unwanted messages, spam, and phishing attacks,” said Apple in a statement given to The Verge.

To counter allegations of posing risks to user safety, Beeper is also offering to share its codebase with a third-party security research firm for the audit.

Beeper has also made Beeper Mini free until the stabilizes. The subscription fee has been waived and will be introduced later.

“Things have been a bit chaotic, and we’re not comfortable subjecting paying users to this. As soon as things stabilize (we hope they will), we’ll look at turning on subscriptions again,” explains the company in a blog post.

If you still don’t know about Beeper Mini, it is a new messaging app that allows users to send and receive iMessages from an Android device. Initially, it didn’t require Apple ID but now asks users to Sign in with Apple ID credentials. All the messages you send and receive are end-to-end encrypted. You get all familiar iMessage elements like typing status, read receipts, full-resolution attachments, emoji reactions, voice messages, editing/unsending, and stickers.

The app is really easy to use. You only need to download the app, link your iMessage account, and start having a conversation.

Now that the Beeper Mini has returned to the Google Play Store, we are eager to see Apple’s response. Apple has a history of defending its ecosystem. The company closely restricts its services to Apple devices with only a very few exceptions including Apple Music.

Will Apple let Beeper Mini stay, or will there be more changes? It’s a big story, and we will keep you updated!

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