Beeper Mini was launched on Tuesday as a new messaging app from the startup led by former Pebble co-founder Eric Migicovsky. The app allows users on Android smartphones to access Apple’s iMessage service for a small monthly fee. UK-based startup Nothing recently launched an ephemeral chat app that offered similar functionality, which was swiftly removed from the Play Store after considerable backlash over privacy concerns. Beeper’s new app avoids most of those privacy issues because it works locally on the user’s smartphone and can work without an Apple ID.
according to a technical deep dive Published on the company’s website, the Beeper Mini app is a standalone app for Android smartphones rather than using a cloud server to relay messages like the company’s older Beeper Cloud app. Beeper says it has reverse engineered both Apple’s iMessage protocol and end-to-end encryption (E2EE) with the help of a. 16 year old high school student and the security researcher known as “JJTech”.
The company claims that operating the app locally means that Beeper and Apple are not able to see the content of messages to iMessage users sent through the Beeper Mini. The app also connects directly to Apple’s servers, allowing users to send messages that appear as blue bubbles to iMessage users, while also sending read receipts, typing indicators, high-quality media, stickers, reactions, voice notes, and GIFs. Also support features like. According to Beeper, it also supports unsending messages or editing them.
This is in sharp contrast to Nothing Chats, which was created in partnership with another firm called Sunbird, which used Apple ID credentials to log into a server farm with multiple Mac Mini units to give users access to iMessage. Used to be – Both companies have withdrawn access to their apps after security flaws were exposed.
After downloading the Beeper Mini app, users will need to sign in with their Google account to verify their subscription status and sign up for the app to send notifications for new messages, access Contacts, and search for other iMessage users. SMS access will have to be allowed. iMessage. Meanwhile, Beeper Mini generates encryption keys to enable E2EE for iMessage chats.
Beeper Mini is priced at $1.99 (roughly Rs. 160) per month, and the app offers users a 7-day trial for new users. If you try the service and at some point don’t want to continue using it, you can de-register your number apple website To continue receiving text messages from iMessage users.
According to Beeper, signing in with your iCloud credentials is optional, and doing so will allow you to send messages from your email address — which means you’ll also be able to send messages through any other Apple device — the company says. All credentials sent are stored securely with Apple and are not archived.
It’s worth noting that Beeper is not an open source app, meaning users will essentially rely on the company’s claims until a security audit is completed. Meanwhile, the company points to JJTech blog post Explaining in detail how Apple’s system works and its proof of concept Written in Python for computers that allows users to test the feature without Apple hardware. The company plans to add support for 15 other chat networks over time as Beeper Mini transitions from Beeper Cloud to the main Beeper app.