Beeper Mini is the latest attempt to take a stab at blue bubbles

From the ashes of Sunbird.

MajorLinux - Editor-in-chief

As I have mentioned time and time again, I’m not sure what the obsession with blue bubbles are. As I have experienced lately in other circles, Americans seem to be very, very stubborn. I’d be lying if I wasn’t either. Soggy cereal is better than crunchy. Mac and cheese is trash. But having a blue bubble just seems asinine. However, Beeper wants to make it possible for Android users to have a blue bubble.

Past with Beeper

I had been using Beeper on and off for a couple of years. I wasn’t really interested in the blue bubble aspect of it as much as I just wanted to send texts from my Windows PC like I can from my Macs. Beeper allowed me to do that.

Unfortunately, I didn’t stick with it. That was because of a similar issue that spelt doom for Sunbird and Nothing Chats. In order to achieve it, you would need to use your Apple ID that was tied to a Mac Mini somewhere. I never really knew where (or actually I would have if I paid attention to the 2FA prompts). Then that Mac was associated with my device list on my Apple ID and it felt weird. That Mac Mini wasn’t mine. So, I got rid of it. Figured it wasn’t really worth it.

Beeper Mini

Beeper Mini is different. According to Beeper, the app is using something they built from the ground up. It has claimed it has reversed-engineered how Apple uses iMessages and is sending messages directly to Apple. You don’t have to sign into Apple to use it. It somehow cloaks your message as an iMessage and you get a blue bubble. But, you can sign in to get syncing.

Optionally, you may also sign in to your Apple ID to enable sending/receiving from your email address. This will also enable you to send and receive messages from other Apple devices like iPad or Macs. The Apple ID login sends your username, password and a 2-factor code using encrypted HTTPS requests directly to Apple servers.”

Beeper spokesperson

RCS coming to iPhones next year. Americans who are so used to just using the default app on their phones instead of more superior and secure apps really have no need for blue bubbles. But I guess I fighting a losing battle. Maybe this is another thing I’m stubborn about.

Source: 9to5Google

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By MajorLinux Editor-in-chief
Marcus Summers is a Linux system administrator by trade. He has been working with Linux for nearly 15 years and has become a fan of open source ideals. He self identifies as a socialist and believes that the world's information should be free for all.
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