iMessage was Apple’s answer to Blackberry’s BBM instant messaging service, which saw a strong popularity in its golden days. Apple connected Mac OSX and iOS users with the iMessage instant messaging service, and convinced many iPhone users to not jump the ship and embrace android. Thanks to the efforts of a developer who goes by the name “bboyairwreck”, Android users can now use PieMessage on their Android-powered smartphones.
The android app called PieMessage basically emulates the iMessage app on an android device, helping you send and receiving iMessages without being tied down to an iPhone. Since the iMessage alternative app for android is not officially endorsed by Apple, it does come with a significant catch. In order for you to use PieMessage app, you need an iMac or a MacBook, which bridges your Android device to the iMessage service.
How the app works is that it uses the server connection of your MacBook and iMac to send and receive iMessages, which are then rerouted to your Android device. This means that, not only do you need a Mac OSX device to run PieMessage, but also need to keep the system turned on whenever you want to use the iMessage service.
Is iMessage worth the trouble?
Being a do-it-yourself solution to send iMessages from Android, the method comes with some security risks, and can always be shut down by Apple if it goes against their rock-solid policies. The developer himself pointed out that a simple patch could render PieMessage useless, but since many other mainstream multiplatform messaging services use the same method (and have for many years), everything seems good far.
Since the rise in popularity of messaging services like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger, doing so much to make iMessage run on Android seems like an unnecessary ordeal. Nonetheless, for all the tweakers and iMessage lovers out there, the app is currently available in its beta version at GitHub.
Are you psyched about using iMessage on Android with PieMessage, or does it seem like too much work? Let us know your thoughts below.
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