Beeper is a new universal chat app that attempts to unify 15 different chat platforms into a single interface. The app is the work of a team consisting of Eric Migikowski, CEO and founder of former smartwatch manufacturer Pebble, who announced its debut on Twitter. Beeper’s site notes that the project was previously known as Novchat, and requires a subscription of $ 10 per month.
Although Beeper integrates with the world’s most popular messaging services such as WhatsApp, Signal, Telegram, Slack, Twitter, Discord, Instagram and Facebook Messenger, it is support for Apple’s iMessage that is perhaps the most interesting. iMessage is only officially available on Apple devices, and it is often cited by users as something that prevents them from switching to Android. Migikowski states that the beeper should allow iMessage to work on Android, Windows and Linux, but believes it has “some trickery to use” in doing so.
And yes, iMessage also works on Android, Windows and Linux using some tricks 🙂
– Eric Migikowski (@ericmigi) 20 January 2021
Frequently asked questions on Beeper’s website actually involve this trickery. If you’ve got an always-online Mac, you can install the Beeper Mac app to act as a bridge, similar to AirPage uses. But things really go wild if you don’t have access to the Mac, at which point Beeper says that it will send a “Beer app installed Jailbroken iPhone” to each of its users to act as a bridge . At this point we should probably mention that using a beeper requires paying a $ 10 a month subscription, which may or may not include the cost of the iPhone.
As soon as you thought the beeper was joking, in a followup tweet, Migikowski stated that he currently has 50 older iPhone 4s, ready to be used with the beeper.
If WorkApar works as Beeper claims, the result should be a universal chat app that works on MacOS, Windows, Linux, iOS and Android, offering a unified inbox, and messages from each of the 15 services Has the ability to find. It is built on the open source Matrix messaging protocol (Migikowski has previously described Novchat’s relationship with Gmail as an email with Matrix’s relationship with Matrix), and although the client app itself is not open source, it is not supported by other chat services There are bridges connecting to it.
Oh, and naturally a dark mode is coming in the next update of Beeper.
Although the short-term objective is to make it easier for people to chat in different chat apps, eventually Migikowski has talked about the possibility of using matric for everyone, rather than just chatting with friends and colleagues between services Using it as a bridge.
Although Migikowski says that he has been using Beeper as his default chat client for the past two years, it is not yet widely available. Instead, Beeper asks prospective users to fill out a form on their website for an invitation.
Here is the complete list of chat services that Beeper currently supports:
- Facebook Messenger
- Android message (SMS)
- The hint
- Beeper network