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All-in-One Chat App 'Beeper' Brings iMessage to Android and Windows Using Workaround

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New universal chat app "Beeper" combines 15 different chat platforms into a single inbox and offers iMessage on Android and Windows (via The Verge).



The app comes from a team including former Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky, and enables users to integrate a range of messaging services, including WhatsApp, SMS, Signal, Telegram, Slack, Twitter, Skype, Hangouts, Discord, Instagram, and Facebook Messenger, into a single, searchable inbox. Most striking is support for Apple's iMessage, as it is only officially available on Apple devices.

The app is "using some trickery" to achieve this, with the website's FAQ revealing that an always-online Mac running the Beeper app is needed to use as a bridge. Alternately, Beeper will ship a "Jailbroken iPhone with the Beeper app installed which bridges to iMessage" to users unable to use a Mac.

The app is built on the open-source Matrix messaging protocol. While the clear short-term objective is to make it easier to chat across different services, Migicovsky has discussed the prospect of all users gradually transitioning to the open-source Matrix itself to chat, rather than simply using it as a bridge between services.

Beeper will cost $10 per month for its hosted option, and is set to be available on macOS, Windows, Linux, iOS, and Android. Prospective users can request an early invitation to join the app on the Beeper website.

Article Link: All-in-One Chat App 'Beeper' Brings iMessage to Android and Windows Using Workaround
 
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motm95

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I wonder if it will support iMessage features like typing indicators, effects, replies, likes etc.
 
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ersan191

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I've been doing this on Windows with a jailbroken iPad on iOS 9 and a very old app called Remote Messages - development has long since ceased. I would love a more modern take with active development.

There's also something called Dell Mobile Connect that works pretty well over Bluetooth, most people aren't aware of it.
 
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stephen1108

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I’ve always felt Apple should try to integrate a unified inbox type experience similar to what my old BlackBerry had, but that’s essentially what Notification Center could be with some tweaking.
 
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Shadab121

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Looks amazing though... all in one app... like a bb hub. Hope they have an option to add emails too...
 
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Scottsoapbox

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How much does this app cost if they will throw in a jailbroken iPhone to make it work?!?
 
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