Nothing’s Phone (2) is the company’s first real entry into the United States market and now it has a new feature that no other Android phone has — support for iMessage. But there’s a pretty big catch.
Not being able to use iMessage is touted as one of the many reasons people don’t tend to switch from an iPhone to an Android phone, so it stands to reason that Nothing would want to change that.
Apple won’t allow Android phones to offer iMessage for obvious reasons, but Nothing’s found a workaround by partnering with Sunbird — a service that lets you sign in with your Apple ID and route iMessages through to its app.
Sunbird has a huge waiting list, but that changes on Friday so long as you’re using the Nothing Phone (2). The problem? You’re still going to have to sign in with your Apple ID which means that you’re trusting a third-party in ways you might not want to.
If you do go that route, you’ll seemingly get most of the iMessage experience when communicating with people who are using Apple devices.
The only things that seem to be missing right now are reactions and the ability to edit messages. But that’s apparently going to change in the future, assuming Apple doesn’t either sue to stop the whole thing from happening or find a technical way to do it instead.