Tuesday, 24 September 2013


A functional version of Apple's iMessage has
arrived on Google's Android platform, though
not with Apple's blessing, or without
potential security risks.
The software is called iMessage Chat and was
created by developer Daniel Zweigart. Users
enter their Apple ID and password
credentials and can text with registered
iMessage phone numbers and e-mail
addresses freely and it works fine.
Per iOS developer Adam Bell, the service
appears to be tricking Apple's iMessage
server into thinking it's a Mac Mini -- Apple's
entry level Mac desktop -- in order to send
and receive the messages. Jay Freeman, the
creator of the third-party App Store
alternative Cydia believes the app is piping
the data through Chinese servers as well.
"This not only means that Apple can't just
block them by IP address, but also that they
get to keep the 'secret sauce' on their
servers," Freeman wrote in a post on Google
To that end, users should not install this
software or offer their Apple ID account
Apple introduced iMessage alongside iOS 5
in 2011. The messaging service lets users on
iOS devices and Macs chat with one another
like they would send a text message. The
service is not tied to any carriers and has
been designed to work on non-cellular
devices like Wi-Fi-only iPods and iPads.
The protocol has remained exclusive to Apple
devices since its debut, and served as way to
keep users locked into Apple's ecosystem of
devices. BlackBerry used a similar tactic with
its BBM service, which was set to arrive on
iOS and Android devices this past weekend,
but now faces a delay .

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