Years ago, the software was common to allow users to use various instant messaging networks such as Yahoo and MSN at the same time. Now Eric Migicovsky, founder of Pebble, has revived the idea, but this time the focus is on current-day chat applications.
For this purpose, a new app beaver has been introduced in which users can connect to 15 different messaging services including WhatsApp, Signal, Telegram, Instagram, Twitter Direct Messages, Messenger, Skype, Hangouts, and others. But the most important thing is to provide the app’s messaging service iMessage for Android and Windows platforms, but with some tricks.
Eric Migicovsky said he came up with the idea for a universal chat app while working at Pebble, which was later purchased by Fitbit. We wanted Pebble to be used to send messages in iMessages, but we couldn’t find a way to do that because we don’t have an API for iMessages, he said.
But Beeper came up with the idea two years ago when he learned about a protocol matrix. This new app is based on Matrix, an open-source encrypted messaging protocol. He explained that most of the matriculation is a hacker thing but he believes that it helps the developers.
Basically, Matrix provides an API that allows developers to aggregate other chat works using a single bridge. Connecting bridges are built into the beeper to enable all chat apps to work in one place, this code is also open source and generally available.
This is very important in our call that people know about the code that runs in an app, he said. So in that case it’s all open source and people can review it for themselves. So now people who don’t want to use this app for $10 a month can use these bridges in their services if they want. Beeper has its own unique setup of all messaging platforms, but using iMessage is the most complex.
For this purpose, Beeper provides consumers with an old, jailbroken iPhone 4S that serves as a bridge. The code installed in this iPhone reads and writes the database file where the iMessages are stored. It encrypts iPhone messages with the user’s own private key and sends them to the Beaver network.
This means that even beavers cannot read users’ messages. Under this method, Android, Windows, and Linux users can also use iMessage. Eric Migicovsky says he will not be intimidated by any attempt by Apple to shut down the app.