Beeper Mini Blocked After Bringing iMessage To Android Phones For Days
Last week Beeper announced that it had found a way to bring iMessage to Android by reverse engineering the way the messaging service works, offering a more secure option than any previous attempts to do the same thing.
But after charging $2 per month for the service Beeper is now scrambling to make it work after Apple seemingly blocked it in a move that will surely surprise nobody.
It was surely only a matter of time before Apple blocked Beeper Mini, the app that Beeper released for Android that made it possible to end and receive iMessages using those devices.
And while nobody has confirmed that the blocking actually took place, The Verge was able to get a statement that essentially confirmed the news.
Reached for comment, Beeper CEO Eric Migicovsky did not deny that Apple has successfully blocked Beeper Mini. “If it’s Apple, then I think the biggest question is… if Apple truly cares about the privacy and security of their own iPhone users, why would they stop a service that enables their own users to now send encrypted messages to Android users, rather than using unsecure SMS? With their announcement of RCS support, it’s clear that Apple knows they have a gaping hole here. Beeper Mini is here today and works great. Why force iPhone users back to sending unencrypted SMS when they chat with friends on Android?”
Beeper appears to have suggested that it wants to bring the feature back and that it is working on a fix, but whether or not it will manage it remains to be seen. Even if it does, we can surely expect Apple to look to block it once more. With that in mind, we’re not sure how much people can really really on Beeper Mini from here on out.