New universal chat app “Beeper” combines 15 different chat platforms in a single inbox and offers iMessage on Android and Windows (via The Verge).
The app comes from a team that includes former Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky, and allows users to integrate a variety of messaging services, including WhatsApp, SMS, Signal, Telegram, Slack, Twitter, Skype, Hangouts, Discord, Instagram and Facebook Messenger, into a single, searchable inbox. Most striking is the support for Apple’s iMessage, as it is only officially available on Apple devices.
The app “uses some deception” to accomplish this, with the site’s FAQ revealing that a Mac that is always running the Beeper app is required to use as a bridge. Alternatively, Beeper will send a “Jailbroken iPhone with the Beeper app installed as a bridge to iMessage” to users who cannot use a Mac.
The app is built on open source Matrix messaging protocol. While the clear short-term goal is to make it easier to chat across different services, Migicovsky has discussed the possibility of all users gradually switching to the actual open source Matrix to chat, instead of just using it as a bridge between the services.
Beeper costs $ 10 per month for the hosted option, and is set to be available on macOS, Windows, Linux, iOS and Android. Potential users can request an early invitation to join the app on the Beeper website.