An iMessage App Is Now Available for Android, but There’s a Catch

An enterprising developer has figured out a way to get Apple's popular iMessage service working on Android handsets.

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There’s an unofficial iMessage app for Android that allows Android owners and iPhone owners to live harmoniously with one another thanks to the fine art of communication.

See, that’s been the problem this whole time. There’s been no cross-compatible communication method between iPhone and Android (except for voice calls, e-mail, text messaging, the web and several others), and if you can’t communicate, how can you be expected to get along?

Anyway, an enterprising developer has figured out a way to get Apple’s popular iMessage service working on Android handsets.

There’s just one teeny, tiny, itty, bitty asterisk: In order to trick Apple’s servers into thinking Android-sent messages are coming from an Apple device, those messages apparently get routed through a third-party server in China, and you have to log in using your Apple ID and password. From the sounds of it, you’re basically trusting the app’s developer not to do anything nefarious with your Apple credentials.

As Addictive Tips reports, this has made “quite a few well-known devs” a bit uncomfortable with how everything’s cobbled together, causing the site to ultimately advise against installing the app altogether. See this discussion on Cydia founder Jay Freeman’s Google+ page for more info.

Unofficial iMessage App For Android Available For Download [Addictive Tips]

5 comments
MarkKlecha
MarkKlecha

well one problem is If you had an Iphone and switched too android all of your contacts that you had using imessager will still be using imessager and  when they send you text you will never receive it.

GaryDMN
GaryDMN

Who would be stupid enough to let anyone have their passwords and access to their personal info?  Android users, I guess.

joeknowsall
joeknowsall

How exactly is communication between iDevices and Android devices a problem? There are so many other ways to send messages...Facebook, Google Talk/Hangouts, Whatsapp, etc... on top of texting and email.

DivineOrator
DivineOrator

@GaryDMN who would be stupid enough to have a phone that specifically is targeted by the NSA (apple gave them the ability to) and give all their passwords, usernames, text messages, pictures, personal info everything to the NSA? Who would be stupid enough to buy a phone without a removable battery, small screen, no flash, no NFC, an age old phone? Ispyphone users apparently. 

sciophobia
sciophobia

@DivineOrator @GaryDMN You sound so ignorant. The NSA has the best networking and technical capacity in the world. Even if the company does not approve of giving information to the NSA they still can access it. Furthermore, do you not realize that Android OS is developed and owned by Google Inc? Which, like Apple, works with the NSA. This proves that you're ignorant. Even though I do not agree at all with the original poster I most certainly do not agree with the ignorant hypocrisy you spew. This app has servers in China, which is problematic since China is known as the king of censorship and is known as an enemy of the internet.  I trust the NSA way more than any server in China. At least the NSA doesnt use its powers for censorship.  Now, come on now, do you honestly think the NSA doesn't have access to your information because you do not use Apple products? If you do, you are a moron. I use Android, but I just can't stand your despicable ignorance and hypocrisy. The NSA has the ability to target any phone, even an HTC. Thing is, idiot, if you do not give them a reason to target you they will leave you alone. If you're doing anything illegal, then I can't blsme them.