Universal App That Brings Together iMessage and Other Messaging Applications: Years ago, the software was common to allow users to use various instant messaging networks such as Yahoo and MSN at the same time.
Now Eric Magsukoi, founder of Pebble, has revived the idea, but this time the focus is on current-day chat applications.
For this purpose, a new app beaver has been introduced in which users can connect to 15 different messaging services including WhatsApp, Signal, Telegram, Instagram, Twitter Direct Messages, Messenger, Skype, Hangouts, and others.
But the most important thing is to provide the app’s messaging service iMessage for Android and Windows platforms, but with some tricks.
Eric Magsukoi said he came up with the idea for a universal chat app while working at Pebble, which was later purchased by Fitbit.
“We wanted Pebble to be used to send messages in iMessages application, but we couldn’t find a way to do that because iMessage doesn’t have an API,” he said.
But Beeper came up with the idea two years ago when he learned about a protocol matrix.
This new app is based on Matrix, an open-source encrypted messaging protocol.
He explained that most of the matriculation is a ‘hacker thing’ but he believes that it helps the developers.
Basically, Matrix provides an API that allows developers to combine other chat works using a ‘bridge’.
Connecting bridges have been built in Beaver to enable all chat apps to work in one place, this code is also open source and generally available.
“It’s very important in our case that people know about the code running in an application, so it’s all open source and people can review it themselves,” he said.
So now those who do not want to use this app for $10 per month, can use these bridges in their services if they want.
- Beeper has its own unique setup of all messaging platforms, but using iMessage is the most complex.
- For this purpose, Beeper provides consumers with an old, jailbroken iPhone 4S that serves as a bridge.
- The code installed in this iPhone reads and writes the database file where i-Messages are stored.
- It encrypts iPhone messages with the user’s own private key and sends them to the Beaver network.
- This means that even beavers cannot read users’ messages.
- This process allows Android, Windows, and Linux users to use iMessage.
- Eric Magsuki says he will not be intimidated by any attempt by Apple to shut down the app.