iMessage is an instant messaging service developed by Apple, which is supported by the Messages app in iOS and macOS. There are plenty of reasons for users to stay within Apple’s iMessage ecosystem, especially in the world of iOS. FaceTime and iMessage are the two have long been of the biggest, and of course, Apple did once promise to share its working out and make portions of the duo open-source, it never ever quite happened.
The lack of iMessage has been a fed up point to a reason people simply cannot contemplate making the jump from iPhone to Android phones. There have been several hacks to bring iMessage to Android that too in working conditions before, with limited access. Here’s a new app called weMessage for Android that works surprisingly well, though, at least for now.
You will find plenty of competing for instant messaging platforms that do things as well as iMessage. Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Telegram are on top. Still, iMessage has a huge pull thanks to its native and seamless inclusion in all iOS and macOS devices, making it far difficult to pull away from. weMessage for Android brings iMessage to the scenario, and it actually works.
As if iMessage on Android is not work anything, the fact that it is an app and server-side combination created by a 16-year-old boy just blows our mind. Take a bow, Roman Scott. He posted to Reddit to share his work and brilliance, as well it should, it got plenty of attention.
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 is 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.
And the idea of using a Mac app to serve iMessage messages to an Android device has been done before. Apple has found ways to prevent those tricks/methods soon enough. So far, Scott’s technique works just fine but we would try not to get too excited and used to it. We certainly wouldn’t want to base a switch from iOS to Android on it, that’s for sure!
You can download weMessahge right now over at wemessageapp.com.
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