Beeper has decided to abandon its mission of bringing iMessage to Android after facing a month-long game of cat and mouse with Apple. Despite implementing a series of fixes, each one knocked down by Apple, Beeper has issued a complex workaround. However, the company states it has no plans to create another workaround if this solution is also disrupted by Apple.
In a blog post, Beeper expressed the challenges it faces with Apple’s interference, stating that each disruption undermines Beeper’s credibility. Recognizing the difficulty of engaging in a continuous cat-and-mouse game with the largest company on earth, Beeper claims it cannot sustain such efforts. The latest software release aims to create something that Apple can tolerate, and Beeper does not anticipate responding if this solution is compromised.
Initially, Beeper allowed users to bring iMessage to Android by downloading an app. Subsequent Apple blocks led to increasingly complex workarounds, with the latest one requiring users to own or rent a jailbroken iPhone and have access to a Mac or Linux computer. Beeper acknowledges the complexity of the process and the departure from its original appeal of providing an easy way to bring iMessage to Android. Users without an old iPhone may rent one, and Beeper may explore offering a rental service based on user interest.
Apple has not responded to TechCrunch’s request for comment. Beeper believes that Apple’s continued efforts to block Beeper may be challenging to defend, suggesting that the only potential reason left is the possibility of impacting iPhone sales if iMessage were available on Android.
Amidst this, a bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers has requested the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate Apple’s “potential anticompetitive treatment” of Beeper. Beeper has made its software open source for other developers, indicating a shift in focus to building the best chat app in the new year.