Edgar Cervantes / Android Authority
- A new application called Sunbird is doing the job to carry iMessage to Android.
- In a demonstration, the organization confirmed off how the app will work.
- We could not get the app to fully do the job ourselves, but numerous facets of the setup did work.
For years now, the major differentiator in between Iphone end users and Android people has been iMessage (perfectly, listed here in the US anyway). With Iphone buyers obtaining their have unique put to congregate exactly where Android buyers are at very best irritating and at worst outright banned, it’s induced a enormous schism involving the two platforms.
Quite a few organizations have tried to solve this difficulty. Google, for all its money and power, has simply taken to poo-pooing the full situation publicly and encouraging Apple to undertake RCS. A organization called Beeper provides iMessage to Android by charging consumers to link an Android gadget with a actual physical Apple-run equipment, such as a Mac or even an Iphone.
Sunbird, although, is wanting to be the just one real application to rule them all. Today, the company gave Android Authority a rundown of the application (which is nevertheless in alpha) and how it works.
Sunbird: iMessage on Android…maybe?
Through the company’s presentation, it confirmed a pre-recorded screencast of a Samsung phone communicating with what is presumably an Apple iphone applying iMessage. There were being blue bubbles, Emoji reactions, typing indicators, and so forth. For all intents and reasons, it appeared like the Samsung phone was an Iphone.
Even so, the corporation under no circumstances showed what the Iphone saw. And, because it was a pre-recorded online video, we had been normally skeptical. The business finished up supplying us early obtain to the Sunbird app so we could consider it out for ourselves.
The superior information is that I was able to link my Apple ID to Sunbird. I was capable to log in to Apple by means of the Sunbird application and, theoretically, join the two. However, my makes an attempt to then send out iMessages failed. My recipients just never been given my messages, irrespective of irrespective of whether it was text, a photograph, or a vCard.
Sunbird experimented with to troubleshoot with me but we couldn’t get it performing. We will report back again if we can get it up and operating in the upcoming.
How does it do the job and what will it price?
Sunbird has no designs to open up-source its technology for bringing iMessage to Android. As these, we did not hear a comprehensive report on how this app will work (or at the very least must work).
Even so, from what the enterprise did say, it appears like it has taken the Beeper process — connecting an Android cellphone to an Apple-dependent system — and taken a couple of even more actions. 1st, every single person user does not have to have their own connected hardware. Sunbird has figured out some way to enable 1000’s of buyers to hook up to a one device. 2nd, the firm has also figured out a way to preserve close-to-end encryption via this system, which is something firms like Beeper cannot provide (at least not nonetheless). Once once more, Sunbird did not disclose how it does both of these points.
Thankfully, if and when it does do the job and launches to the community, Sunbird states the app will be absolutely free — for a when. Early birds will get obtain to iMessage on Android and not have to pay out a dime. In the long term, the company could monetize the application by charging for other linked providers, these kinds of as Telegram, Sign, or other chat apps.
In the meantime, we’ll carry on working with Sunbird to get the app up and managing on our personal products.