What you need to know
- Beeper Mini has just launched on the Play Store, making it easier than ever to use iMessage on Android.
- The app does not even require you to sign up or use an Apple ID, but you have the option to do so.
- Beeper has also shared how it was able to connect directly to Apple servers, along with maintaining end-to-end encryption.
Despite everything that has happened with Sunbird, Nothing Chats, and Apple announcing RCS support for iOS, Beeper continues to chug along as if nothing is going on. The latest announcement comes in the form of Beeper Mini, which might seem odd considering that the Beeper app is already available. However, there are a few reasons why this might be the app to push you into the world of blue bubbles.
The defining feature of Beeper Mini is that "you can send and receive blue bubble texts from your phone number." Unlike Beeper, this new app manages to make that a reality without needing to use a "Mac relay server in a data center." You don't even need an Apple ID, as you can just sign in with your Google account and it just works.
After you sign up, you'll be able to enjoy many of the features that make iMessage so enticing. These include things such as full-resolution videos, read receipts, un-sending, and more. Plus, Beeper is planning to implement even more features into its new app, hopefully bringing even more feature parity with iMessage.
Because of the various recent events, Beeper goes on to claim that "the app connects directly to Apple servers to send and receive end-to-end encrypted messages. Encryption keys never leave your device." The company also published a post explaining "How Beeper Mini works," even providing an in-depth breakdown of what happens when you send and receive messages from within the app.
Another difference between Beeper and Mini is that you can't currently use the latter as an "all-in-one" messaging solution. Instead, you're limited to only using Beeper Mini for iMessage, but the company does state it "will be adding support for 15 chat networks."
Coming as a bit of a surprise, Beeper Mini is built on a different business model compared to the "regular" version. The app is free to try for seven days, and after the trial has elapsed, Beeper is charging $1.99 per month. On the bright side, Beeper Mini is already available on the Play Store for you to try out.
Beeper Mini: Chat With iPhones
Are you tired of getting left out of group chats, or hearing people complain about low-res pictures? Give your phone the power of the blue bubble with Beeper Mini.
Download from: Google Play Store
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DL now giving it a tryReply
Let us know what you think!Bkdodger1 said:DL now giving it a try
If iOS users don't like me being a green bubble, they can pay $2 a month lol.Reply
Fuzzy please do an iPhone avatar for 1 dayfuzzylumpkin said:If iOS users don't like me being a green bubble, they can pay $2 a month lol.
It's working nicely so far in the beginning stages.... I texted a few friends they couldn't tell the difference and you can see when the person is typing..read receipts and delivered status.BerryBubbles said:Let us know what you think!
That doesn't seem very likely...mustang7757 said:Fuzzy please do an iPhone avatar for 1 day
Hahaha love itfuzzylumpkin said:That doesn't seem very likely...
Ooh, sounds promising!Bkdodger1 said:It's working nicely so far in the beginning stages.... I texted a few friends they couldn't tell the difference and you can see when the person is typing..read receipts and delivered status.
Yes promising..can't wait to see where we go with it ...quality end to end should be the goal ..BerryBubbles said:Ooh, sounds promising!