Days after Mashable’s Kimberly Gedeon reported that the Beeper Mini app was here to let Android users send text messages with blue “iMessage” bubbles, Apple appears to have shut down the app.
You usually need an Apple device and an Apple ID to use iMessage. However, as Gedeon stated, the Beeper Mini developers have figured out how to associate a phone number with iMessage to connect to Apple’s servers to send and receive messages as if the Android phone were an iPhone.
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While Beeper claims all communication is end-to-end encrypted and secure, according to a blog post, Apple claims there are “significant” security and privacy risks. In a statement to The Verge, Apple senior PR manager Nadine Haija said of the outlet:
At Apple, we build our products and services with industry-leading privacy and security technologies designed to put users in control of their data and keep personal information safe. We’ve taken steps to protect our users by blocking techniques that use fake credentials to access iMessage. These techniques pose significant risks to user security and privacy, including the potential to expose metadata and enable spam, spam, and phishing attacks. We will continue to make updates in the future to protect our users.
Afterward, Beeper founder Eric Migikowski told The Verge, “If Apple really cares about the privacy and security of their own iPhone users, why would they stop a service that allows their own users to now send encrypted messages to iPhone users? Android instead of using unsecured SMS ?”
The SMS messages that Android and Apple users use to communicate are unencrypted. Beeper shared this quote on his X account, repeating the claim that the app enhances security:
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On Sunday, Beeper posted another X statement, saying it’s working to get the app working again. “Work is ongoing to fix the issue causing Beeper Mini to crash,” the post said. “We know how difficult this was for those who enjoyed using the Beeper Mini, and we are extremely sorry for the inconvenience. However, we feel good and hope to have some good news to share soon.”