Beeper Mini, the chat app that reverse-engineered Apple’s iMessage for Android, is having problems. 9to5Google reported Friday the entire Beeper platform is seemingly broken right now, leading to the obvious speculation that Apple has stomped on the bootleg iMessage workaround. Beeper posted on X that it’s “investigating reports that sending/receiving is not working in Beeper Mini.”
Engadget emailed Beeper to ask whether the outage could have been triggered on Apple’s end. We’ll update this article if or when we hear back. Although it’s easy to jump to conclusions, given the iPhone maker’s preference for absolute control over its entire ecosystem, there’s no direct evidence at this stage suggesting it’s behind today’s problems.
Investigating reports that sending/receiving is not working in Beeper Mini 🔎
— Beeper (@onbeeper) December 8, 2023
Beeper’s crafty solution — surprisingly — seemed to work well. The app automatically scans for messages from iMessage users and changes them to blue bubbles, apparently routing them through Apple’s servers. The wizardry is the product of a 16-year-old high school student, who reverse-engineered it by jailbreaking iPhones and digging into them to learn how iOS handles iMessages. It even included end-to-end encryption between iPhones and Android phones.
Co-founder Eric Migicovsky, the former Pebble smartwatch founder, described the service to Engadget’s Lawrence Bonk this week as a “scale-up.” The original (pre-mini) Beeper depended on a Mac mini server farm to relay chats through Apple’s system. Whether Beeper Mini is going the way of the dodo (or the Sunbird), we’ll have to wait and see.
This article originally appeared on Engadget at https://ift.tt/y6jz3Nk Will Shanklin