iMessage Android 2

Just a word of caution before anyone decides to dive head first into this. You need to use this app at your own risk. Several prominent developers within the community have expressed concern about the potential security issues revolving around the APK used here.

Now that the warnings are out of the way, let me show you how iMessage works on Android. This new app, entitled iMessage Chat, brings real cross platform iMessage chat ability to Android. Yes, it works. I’ve confirmed it on video.

As you can see, the cross platform aspect of the app works. I was able to successfully communicate between my iPod touch and my Nexus 4 using iMessage Chat. Yes, it seems a bit suspicious, and we don’t exactly know what’s going on behind the scenes here, but I can confirm that, at least in principal, it does work.

According to prominent jailbreak developer Adam Bell, the app hack works by spoofing iMessage requests as a Mac mini:

iMessage Chat code

Until the app is decompiled and/or verified by a reputable developer, we say proceed with extreme caution. You can find the Google Play page for iMessage chat.

Saurik has chimed in with his thoughts on the app:

[via Adam Bell]

  • ARUIZMART

    ????????

  • Mr. E

    This will probably get more downloads than bbm

    • Markus Hudobnik

      Haha. Probably.

  • Markus Hudobnik

    If apple really made an iMessage client for android and Windows PC’s…. Man that would be killer.

    • Osama Muhammed

      apple wont support cheap devices

      • ExRoot

        They already did. It’s called the iPhone 5c.

      • tony jaajaa

        not really the 5c is roughly the same price as a flagship android phone.

      • Stan

        Wrong. The 5C[heap] starts at $99 with two year contract. This is the same price as the old Galaxy S3 with a two year contract.
        The flagship Android phones (i.e. – Galaxy S4, LG G2, Soon-to-be Sony Xperia Z1) start at $199 – same as the 5S – and then $299 for the Note 3 with two year contracts.

      • tony jaajaa

        wrong unlock same as price as any of the Plastic built android flagship. 5c cheap plastic material to compete with android.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        For starters you can’t say “They already did” since this is past tense and the iPhone 5c is a product in the present (i.e being supported right now). However if you replaced iPhone 5c with iPhone 3GS your comment would be correct since the phone was relatively cheap (free on contract) and Apple did support it.

      • qftt

        “They [Apple] already did” (start supporting it) when they announced/launched the iPhone 5c-heap.
        When your comprehension skills are limited, it’s best not to comment critically on others’ post.
        Hope that advice helps you out in the future…

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        What are you talking about? You do not say “Apple did start supporting the iPhone 5c” you say “Apple is supporting the iPhone 5c”.

      • qftt

        You DO say it when necessary. It’s called rhetoric; it’s a linguistic instrument.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        The dictionary in iOS defines rhetoric as follows:

        “language designed to have a persuasive or impressive effect, but which is often regarded as lacking in sincerity or meaningful content”
        So if their intent was to make a comment that attempts to have an impressive effect but makes no sense at all then I agree with you.

      • Felipe Lopez

        shut up, pm each other about grammar.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        By agreeing with the op I have essentially “shut up” but I get the point as can see how at times my comments could be some what annoying…

    • Jo

      YES!

    • chumawumba

      Or maybe an a client accessible on the iCloud website

  • Mohsin

    Imagine iPhone haters using iMessage in their android devices 😀

    • Jarryd Richards

      Oh the irony 🙂

    • They already do that, not with the iMessage but with iOS launchers clones…

      • qftt

        by the way it looks, no one’s gonna want to use launchers cloning iOS 7. so you don’t have to worry about that anymore!

      • Well… still better look than the Android stock UI… 😛

      • qftt

        don’t agree with that. have you ever actually seen/used a Galaxy S4 or HTC One?
        iOS had the skeuomorphism going for it in the looks department. but the novelty wore off after about 5 years, as Apple failed to add new features to the OS to keep it interesting. so they decided to perform a complete facelift and make everything cartoon-ish, which in a manner of speaking, is a “big change”.

      • Yup, HTC one tested only but the S4 I had it for a week. Didnt like it and there are so many details copying Apple UI (iOS6)…but like a bad copy.

        Camera App… Messages, On/Off buttons, Wallet… and a few other.

        But one thing without a doubt (on both) is the great display quality. Makes Android look better than on any other devices.

        On iOs, its not only the design that matters but all the tiny details where android fail so hard. The space between text and margins, the design consistency, the color scheme, I dunno, looks so much more solid and polished and I believe its not only because of bad designers but because of android ui toolkits that suck.

        Reminds me a lot the Flash based applications.

        and honestly, between HTC and Samsung UI, I think the HTC it’s better because looks more original

    • Byron C Mayes

      Not everyone using an Android phone is an “iPhone hater.” Some of us have to use them for work purposes. I’d love to have a real iMessage client on my work Android.

      But then, I’m not paying the messaging bills, so there’s that…

    • Guest

      Kind of like how a lot of iOS users and Android-haters use YouTube (use to be built in), Google Maps(use to be built in), GMail, Google Search, and Waze. Actually, there are even more, but these ones are in the Top 100 on Apple’s own App Store.

  • omrishtam

    fail

  • Sigurd Boe

    I’m hoping this will catch on. Any one wanting to monitor network traffic for this app? 🙂

    • Lordthree

      It’s clearly breaking with Apple’s term and won’t catch on in any mainstream market.

      • Sigurd Boe

        Of course it is, and so does a lot of other things.
        But I believe it sends data to china where a Mac Mini serverfarm sends the messages from an actual Mac.

        Would not trust this program with my Apple ID anyway before some of the great once greenlight it.

  • Gróf Attila

    So weird seeing Jeff holding an android device.
    If somehow they confirm that this app does not steal all of your data then I will be able to delete whatsapp, viber and so on and finally use just my iMessage app!

  • abdullah575

    imessage for PC hahahaha !!

    • babiloe

      Yes, since imessage beta OSX7 launched last year, it can sent using hackintosh (a Mac PC), now facetime also supported

      • abdullah575

        real PC like HP

      • babiloe

        yes, even real cheap PC may, but need some work..

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        Not some work but rather a lot of work…

        I tried hackintoshing my PC and despite getting the installer to run and install the OS won’t boot. This could be for a number of reasons but I can’t be asked to troubleshoot. I may buy a Mac sometime this year anyway…

      • Kaptivator

        I was thinking about building a hackintosh but read about many issues. I want to purchase a Mac but not the new one. Im hoping that once the new Mac drops the current model will go down just a little. Something about having to have all of my storage external bothers me.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        Macs are expensive. When you look at the iPhone you’ll see the iPhone 4, 4s, 5c and 5s all priced differently. Hopefully if Apple does bring out new Macs they’ll continue to sell the older ones at cheaper prices. I also think the price of the Mac Mini should be reduced as it seems rather expensive, almost too expensive for what you get…

      • Kaptivator

        They are expensive, but they last a long time. I have a couple clients that have had their macs, what seems like ages. However, they still running strong. They arnt producers or anything of the sort, but they do work from home with their home businesses. So in essence, you get what you pay for. Just dont know if im ready to commit 100% to apples software platform.

  • Roboter

    This way WhatsApp would die. (Only if Apple would officially release iMessage both Android and PC’s)

    • babiloe

      Nope, Whatsapp runs on wider smartphone platforms than just PC and Androids.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        Correct me if I’m wrong but Whatsapp (without some sort of Android emulator) doesn’t run on a PC does it?

  • Lordthree

    Jeff why would you even try this? I thought you were smarter than that! I hope you’ve changed all your passwords

    • Roboter

      watch the video again 😉

      • babiloe

        Correct, now we can imessage direct to jeff 😀 as seen on video

  • Tony Trenkle Jr.

    Can’t wait til android users complain about it not working or getting malware. Silly android users. If this app isn’t immediately a red flag to you, then you need help.

    • babiloe

      the backdoor malware is transparents, as long as those android phone can call and browsing nobody will knew it.

  • HugoV

    Awesome. That means they’re working on FaceTime on multiple platforms too right? 🙂

    • babiloe

      Maybe, but way way more bandwith….

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      Apple said FaceTime would be an open standard for video messaging but to my knowledge have never come true on their promise…

  • babiloe

    better use a new apple id with none credit card by clicking free apps on itunes and create new apple id for this app. So far so good. This is look similar imessage function on hackintosh that cloning id as mac mini.

  • PdeWitte

    Well, it certainly works, tried to send it, and received even messages back from the people with a iphone or Mac OSX.

    I used an old apple-id, without creditcard registered to it

  • Diego Gastón Milano

    There is a Cydia tweak that allows you to use iMessage on Windows but I never tried it.

    • Jonathan

      what is it? I’m looking for one that is actually what I’m downloading, not some malware. Ew.

      • Diego Gastón Milano

        Found it! It’s called Remote Messages. Mind you, your device needs to be jailbroken.
        It might not be what people is expecting but it works as advertised so that’s the closest you’ll get to using iMessage on a PC.

      • Jonathan

        Thanks a lot! 🙂 I do have a jailbroken iPod, so it’ll work (hopefully)

      • Diego Gastón Milano

        Let us know how it turned out for you; I haven’t tried it but it’s promising.

      • Jonathan

        Sure. 🙂

  • FOFF

    lolollol

  • Easy.Yves.Saint

    Will there be a way to decipher whether it’s an Android or an iOS/Mac device?

  • VeRdUgO!

    Don’t use it.

  • VeRdUgO!

    Don’t use it.

  • andre

    I hate iDB new logo font 🙁

  • Rik Thomas

    And its been pulled.

  • Stan

    It’s 2013 almost 2014. Everyone has unlimited texts these days. Between than and Facebook chat (both more popular than iMessage), it’s just a dumb obsolete App.