iMessage on Android could be a thing with Sunbird

Edgar Cervantes / Android Authority

TLDR

  • A new application identified as Sunbird is doing the job to bring iMessage to Android.
  • In a demonstration, the organization confirmed off how the application functions.
  • We could not get the application to totally work ourselves, but a number of features of the setup did work.

For many years now, the major differentiator involving Iphone customers and Android buyers has been iMessage (properly, listed here in the US in any case). With Apple iphone end users obtaining their individual specific location to congregate wherever Android consumers are at greatest annoying and at worst outright banned, it is caused a big schism among the two platforms.

Various organizations have experimented with to resolve this challenge. Google, for all its revenue and energy, has merely taken to poo-pooing the complete situation publicly and encouraging Apple to undertake RCS. A corporation referred to as Beeper provides iMessage to Android by charging consumers to link an Android gadget with a physical Apple-driven machine, this sort of as a Mac or even an Apple iphone.

Sunbird, though, is seeking to be the one true application to rule them all. Nowadays, the business gave Android Authority a rundown of the app (which is nevertheless in alpha) and how it performs.

Sunbird: iMessage on Android…maybe?

In the course of the company’s presentation, it showed a pre-recorded screencast of a Samsung cell phone communicating with what is presumably an Apple iphone working with iMessage. There had been blue bubbles, Emoji reactions, typing indicators, and many others. For all intents and uses, it seemed like the Samsung phone was an Apple iphone.

Nonetheless, the organization never ever confirmed what the Apple iphone observed. And, because it was a pre-recorded video clip, we have been obviously skeptical. The business ended up supplying us early obtain to the Sunbird application so we could try out it out for ourselves.

The great information is that I was equipped to connect my Apple ID to Sunbird. I was able to log in to Apple as a result of the Sunbird application and, theoretically, join the two. On the other hand, my attempts to then send out iMessages unsuccessful. My recipients simply just under no circumstances received my messages, regardless of no matter whether it was textual content, a photo, or a vCard.

Sunbird tried using to troubleshoot with me but we could not get it doing work. We will report again if we can get it up and running in the future.

How does it work and what will it expense?

Sunbird has no plans to open-source its engineering for bringing iMessage to Android. As this sort of, we did not listen to a comprehensive report on how this app functions (or at minimum should really operate).

Nevertheless, from what the organization did say, it sounds like it has taken the Beeper method — connecting an Android cellular phone to an Apple-based mostly system — and taken a handful of even more steps. Initial, every unique person doesn’t will need their individual connected hardware. Sunbird has figured out some way to allow for 1000’s of customers to hook up to a solitary machine. Next, the business has also figured out a way to maintain stop-to-stop encryption by means of this technique, which is anything businesses like Beeper can’t deliver (at minimum not still). At the time once more, Sunbird did not disclose how it does both of these points.

Fortunately, if and when it does get the job done and launches to the community, Sunbird states the application will be no cost — for a although. Early birds will get accessibility to iMessage on Android and not have to shell out a dime. In the upcoming, the organization could monetize the application by charging for other linked providers, this sort of as Telegram, Signal, or other chat apps.

In the meantime, we’ll carry on functioning with Sunbird to get the app up and jogging on our possess gadgets.