Last week the company behind the Beeper app announced plans to go all-in on a new version of the app called Beeper Mini. It’s still designed to be a cross-platform messaging app that lets Android users tap into Apple’s iMessage service (and which would, eventually, also support more than a dozen other messaging platforms), but instead or relaying iMessage communications through a cloud server, Beeper Mini runs entirely on your device.

Unsurprisingly, Apple rolled out an update a few days later that caused Beeper Mini to stop working. Now Beeper says it’s rolled out an update that has the app working again… for now.

It’s unclear exactly what changes Apple or Beeper have made, but the two companies are both claiming to protect user privacy and security.

Apple says that allowing third-party services like Beeper to exploit a vulnerability to connect to the iMessage service poses a threat to users and could lead to increased spam or phishing attacks. Beeper says the opposite is true: that since Apple doesn’t support iMessage on Android, all messages sent between Android and iMessage users are unencrypted by default and an app like Beeper fixes that by ensuring that messages are encrypted.

That said, whatever Beeper did to get the app working again means that users cannot simply register with a phone number anymore. You’ll need to sign in with an Apple ID, which is something you didn’t need last week.

Beeper is also acknowledging that “things have been a bit chaotic” lately, and in a hint that the company is aware that it’s possible Beeper Mini could stop working again at any moment, the app is now free to use for the foreseeable future.

Previously the plan had been to offer a 7-day free trial and then charge users $2 per month. But for now it seems like the goal is just to get people using the app. And it seems like a lot of people were interested in doing that – in a blog post, Beeper says that the Beeper Mini app was downloaded more than 100,000 times within the first 48 hours after launch, and it quickly became one of the top 20 apps in the Google Play Store.

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  1. As usual: If it got contact points with apples ecosystem it will try to drain my wallet.

    So no; specially since there are self-hosted alternative which works for free!

    1. Yeah, just what our society needs, more excuses to hate everyone (and I mean EVERYONE) around you.
      Also shunning doesn’t work when you’re not in a position of influence, like how android users in American schools are not in positions of influence.

      1. Bro, hate is always wrong Some Guy…
        If the iPhone users and Android users completely ignore each other then how can could they possibly end up hating the other group?

        1. Because they can’t ignore each other. Despite our overlord’s best efforts, we still need to meet in person to do certain things that it’s commonly supposed that people would normally do.
          And because you can’t ignore that the OTHER guy is OUT THERE, WAITING to POUNCE and make you or someone you know into ONE OF THEM. And more practically speaking, it takes some serious effort to completely shut out all news about a topic you don’t care for. If you truly did not care, would you shut out the news? You cannot fully ignore everything you see either, no matter how much you insist you do. So to fully shut out the news, requires a certain degree of motivation to do that. And generally that’s a hatred of whatever that news represents.

  2. Whenever I send msgs to an Apple phone, they get delayed – sometimes as long as hours. Often, I don’t receive a msg from an Apple user for hours until I turn on wifi.

    I don’t know what’s happening here. I shouldn’t have to care. Where there was never an issue sending a simple text message before, suddenly in the last year… hour long delays with certain Apple users.

    My settings are set to unencrypted. The problem is Apple. They are a blight and a danger to a functioning society.

    There should be a class action suit against Apple for disrupting communications in order to force people into their ecosystems. It should be large enough so that Apple never, ever considers these shady businesses practices again.

    1. iMessage is Apple’s messaging technology, why should Apple support a third party reverse engineering its technology, masquerading as Apple devices on its servers, while potentially open backdoors for all sorts of nasties and spams? If you need or want iMessage so badly, get an iPhone.

      1. Good thing they don’t have to put up with that and could have just developed an iMessage client for Android, release it only on the play store, require Play Protect and a bunch of other remote attestation shenanigans to work (resulting in many extremely vague error messages), and even refuse to let anyone use it who didn’t buy at least a mac.
        This would probably actually have been easier and just as hostile to custom ROM users and bringing RCS to iPhones (which effectively, has made RCS just as mandatory as iMessage).

    2. Tbh sounds like you just have a garbage set up. I send regular Android SMS and iMessages through BlueBubbles to iPhones all the time and they get it.