We have a new kid on the chat platform block and is called Beeper. It is a new universal chat app mingling 15 different chat platforms into a single interface.
The app was developed by Eric Migicovsky, the CEO and founder of the former smartwatch Pebble. Beeper’s The project was formerly known as NovaChat, and it will cost a $10 per month subscription.
Although Beeper integrates with a myriad of messaging services like WhatsApp, Signal, Telegram, Twitter, Discord, Instagram, and Facebook Messenger, the support for Apple’s iMessage is what makes it the most interesting. iMessage has been available only on Apple devices and that does not allow it to be installed on Android devices. Migicovsky said Beeper should allow iMessage to work on Android, Windows, and Linux, but using some “magic” in doing so.
In Apple products the App act as a bridge, similar to the approach AirMessage uses. Things get really interesting when you don’t have access to a Mac, Beeper says it’ll literally send each of its users a “Jailbroken iPhone with the Beeper app installed” to act as a bridge.
If the workaround works as promised the result is a universal chat app that works across MacOS, Windows, Linux, iOS, and Android, offering a unified inbox with the ability to search across messages from each of the 15 services. It has been built on the open-source Matrix messaging protocol and although the app itself isn’t open-source, the bridges connecting between all the chat services are.
Migicovsky aim for this App is to make it possible to chat with friends and colleagues, rather than simply using it as a bridge between services. He has been using Beeper as his default chat client for the last two years, however, it is not available for everyone yet. Beeper asks potential users to fill out a form on its website for an invitation.
Here’s the full list of chat services that Beeper currently supports:
Android Messages (SMS)