Beeper got its 15 minutes of fame recently when the app maker rolled out Beeper Mini which allows Android users to send end-to-end Apple iMessages with encryption.
Beeper was able to reverse-engineer Apple’s method and make iMessaging available to all Android users.
According to the company blog, “Beeper Mini does not use a Mac relay server in a data center. Instead, the app connects directly to Apple servers to send and receive end-to-end encrypted messages. Encryption keys never leave your device. No Apple ID is required.”
This, of course, didn’t sit well with Apple leadership since they typically do not share their technology with competitors.
What Beeper Mini is offering really is iMessage for Android devices – something that Apple leadership has repeatedly stated wouldn’t happen because the company views iMessage as a driver for its iPhone sales.
But never fear – after Beeper’s big splash which got a lot of media attention, Apple promptly figured out a way to shut down the messages to and from the Beeper Mini app.
This has upset people like Senator Elizabeth Warren who sees this as just the latest attempt by big-tech companies like Apple to use their weight to squash smaller competitors like Beeper.
Warren tweeted her strong feelings saying, “Big Tech executives are protecting profits by squashing competitors. Chatting between different platforms should be easy and secure.”
Green bubble texts are less secure. So why would Apple block a new app allowing Android users to chat with iPhone users on iMessage? Big Tech executives are protecting profits by squashing competitors.
Chatting between different platforms should be easy and secure. https://t.co/fHAS5ckaEA
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) December 10, 2023
Whether this will lead to anything more than another chapter in the whole “green bubble and blue bubble” saga remains to be seen.