Beeper is a brand new common chat app that’s an try to unify 15 totally different chat platforms right into a single interface. The app is the work of a workforce that features Eric Migicovsky, the CEO and founding father of former smartwatch producer Pebble, who introduced its launch on Twitter. Beeper’s web site notes that the challenge was beforehand often known as NovaChat.
Though Beeper integrates with world’s hottest messaging providers like WhatsApp, Sign, Telegram, Slack, Twitter, Discord, Instagram, and Fb Messenger, it’s the assist for Apple’s iMessage that’s maybe most fascinating. iMessage is just formally accessible on Apple units, and it’s usually cited by customers as one thing that forestalls them switching to Android. Migicovsky says Beeper ought to enable iMessage to work on Android, Home windows, and Linux, however admits that it’s “utilizing some trickery” in doing so.
And sure, iMessage works even on Android, Home windows and Linux utilizing some trickery 🙂
— Eric Migicovsky (@ericmigi) January 20, 2021
An FAQ on Beeper’s web site offers a extra in-depth clarification of precisely what this trickery includes. When you’ve obtained an always-online Mac, then you’ll be able to set up the Beeper Mac app to behave as a bridge, just like the approach AirMessage uses. However issues get actually wild in case you don’t have entry to a Mac, at which level Beeper says it’ll actually ship every of its customers a “Jailbroken iPhone with the Beeper app put in” with a purpose to act as a bridge. At this level we must always most likely point out that utilizing Beeper includes paying a $10 a month subscription, which can or might not embrace the price of the iPhone.
Simply in case you thought Beeper was joking, in a followup tweet, Migicovsky mentioned that he at the moment has 50 outdated iPhone 4S’s at his desk, able to be upcycled to be used with Beeper.
If the workaround works as Beeper claims, then the consequence must be a common chat app that works throughout MacOS, Home windows, Linux, iOS, and Android, providing a unified inbox, and the flexibility to look throughout messages from every of the 15 providers. It’s constructed on the open supply Matrix messaging protocol (Migicovsky previously described NovaChat’s relationship to Matrix as akin to Gmail’s relationship with e-mail), and though the consumer app itself isn’t open supply, the bridges connecting it to different chat providers are.
Oh, and there’s a darkish mode coming in Beeper’s subsequent replace, naturally.
Whereas the short-term goal is to make it simpler to speak to individuals throughout totally different chat apps, finally Migicovsky has talked in regards to the prospect of everyone using Matrix itself to speak with associates and colleagues, somewhat than merely utilizing it as a bridge between providers.
Though Migicovsky says he’s been utilizing Beeper as his default chat consumer for the previous two years, it doesn’t seem like broadly accessible simply but. As a substitute, Beeper asks potential customers to fill out a type on its web site for an invite.
Right here’s the total checklist of chat providers that Beeper at the moment helps:
- Fb Messenger
- Android Messages (SMS)
- Beeper community