Android users get a leak into Apple’s ecosystem with this new app
Have you ever wondered why iPhone users tend to stick with iPhones even in their next purchase? Even though an iOS device is way more expensive than many Android devices? It's not that they love spending their entire month’s savings, but because Apple has created an exclusive ecosystem that offers benefits such as the iMessage and FaceTime. Turns out, there’s finally someone who’s challenging the exclusivity of this tech giant and its none other than a 16-year-old app developer, Roman. Bridging the gap between Android and iOS ecosystem, Roman has created a mobile app that facilitates cross-platform communication between the two different ecosystems.
Roman’s new app “weMessage”, available on Google Play Store allows its users to send an iMessage on a non-iOS device like an Android smartphone. The aim of the app is to remove the inability of Android users to use iMessage. The only hiccup with “weMessage” is that it needs you to have an Apple computer for the app to work, so if you have a Mac and want to send an iMessage to an Android device, here’s how you can you can do it.
The 16-year-old app developer took to his Reddit account to explain the process, stating:
"My name is Roman, and I am a 16-year-old app developer. I have recently published my first app to the Play Store, called weMessage. weMessage is an app that allows you to use iMessage on your Android phones or tablets. I created weMessage due to the inability of people on Android to use iMessage's ecosystem. Although it allows you to use iMessage on your Android device, I cannot close the gap between Android and Apple completely because weMessage is reliant on an Apple computer, which I will explain below. weMessage is composed of two pieces of software: the Android app itself and a messaging server that I called the weServer. In order to use weMessage, you need to install the weServer on a Mac computer. The weServer acts as a "bridge" between the Mac computer and your Android device. The weServer is a messaging server that processes and relays iMessages to and from the Android device. The reason why an Apple computer is needed is because the iMessages need to be sent through an Apple device in order to be delivered. The iMessages need to be sent through Apple's servers, and the only way to do this legitimately is to use an Apple device. If the weServer supported Windows or Linux, I would not only be violating several EULAs but would be relying on an exploitation that would likely be fixed in the future."
In a nutshell, what you need to do is install the weServer on a Mac computer, this app serves as a pipeline for weMessage that sends an iMessage to an Android device. Roman claims that all iMessage features are supported, including group chats, attachments, notifications, Do Not Disturb, content blocking, and more, with notifications enabled by sending messages to the Google Firebase platform. While the 16-year-old app developer’s attempt is certainly laudable, the app for Android users will not live long enough as Apple is likely to require Roman to shut down the app. So all you Android users out there, get the app, while it's still available.
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