PieMessage – Now, Your Android Phone Can Support Apple iMessage
Switch overs between OS platforms are common but when the switch is from an Apple device to an Android one, people have to say goodbye to many of the apps that are exclusive to iOS or Mac, like iMessage. If you have a network of friends on Apple iMessage, you are likely to miss out on a great deal. Over the years, developers have been trying to fix this issue and enable iMessage support for Android devices and several alternative solutions have been undertaken like using a third party server for cross platform communication between Android and Apple devices. However, these projects have increased security concerns and have thus been short-lived. So is there really a way to receive and send iMessage texts to and from an Android device? Developer Eric Chee says that there is indeed.
The app developer has released a new app, PieMessage on GitHub which will help Android users to communicate with the iPhone community using their Mac computers. No third party server is involved which reduces security concerns. So if your friends have iPhone and you have already made the switch to an Android device, all you need is a Mac computer to send and receive texts on Apple iMessage. However, the project is still in an incomplete stage which is why Eric Chee has made it an open source application so that other developers can contribute towards its enhancement.
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What is Apple iMessage and why is it so popular among the iPhone users?
iMessage is an instant messaging app that is exclusive to iPhones, iPads, iPods and Mac where you can send texts, images and videos just like you do for any instant messaging application like Yahoo Messenger or Hangouts in Google. It is a built-in messaging app unlike others which you have to download from the app stores. You can send texts through Apple iMessage to other iPhone users instantly using your WiFi or other network connections and it is way faster than regular texting. Furthermore, the reason of its popularity lies in the fact that if you get a notification, all your apple devices are going to pop up and you can answer using only one of them. So, if any device is not near you, you should not worry about missing out on an urgent message.
Apple iMessage vs Whatsapp
Beyond doubt, Whatsapp is the most powerful messaging tool that has ever been created. But, the only disadvantage for Apple users is that it is not available anywhere else other than iPhones. So, what will the iPad and iPod users do? They take to the more effective messaging app that is built into their device, aka, the Apple iMessage. But in other dimensions, Whatsapp is the winner of the two as it helps you to view your friends’ statuses, pictures and also get informed about their availability.
However, the status is not a problem if you are among those who do not like to play the drum every time something happens and iMessage is in that way, a better solution for you. The real difference arises in the fact that while both the apps require internet connection, Apple iMessage can still perform if the connection disrupts due to some reason or the other. It will return to its original texting form until the problem is resolved. Furthermore, you can also send video and multimedia files using Apple iMessage just like Whatsapp. So, no worries iPod and iPad users, you have an equally effective app to communicate with your friends, families or relatives.
So, how can PieMessage enable Android users to send and receive texts using iMessage?
With the help of an OS X and an Android client, a “messages.applescript” and a Java Web Server, Chee has devised a system where you can use your own Macbook to serve as the middle party between sending and receiving text messages using iMessage on your Android phone. PieMessage reduces security risks as you are using a domestic server, your own Mac computer to enable texting using the Apple iMessage on your Android device.
When the Android client sends the text to the Macbook, what it does is use its own Messaging app to communicate with that of the iPhone user. And when the iPhone user replies back, it detects the incoming notification and transfers it to the Android device, thus completing the cycle. So, you see how convenient it is now to send iMessages using Android? No wonder the Android switchers will be so happy with this latest innovation.
What are the drawbacks of PieMessage?
PieMessage is not yet that evolved to take the whole iMessage market by storm. It can send and receive texts all right, but you cannot communicate in groups using the PieMessage app. Also, sending video and multimedia files is still under the question mark. You can receive them though. Furthermore, it always requires your Mac computer to stay on. If you switch it off, you can no more receive messages from your iPhone community. So, PieMessage is not an independent app.
However, despite the drawbacks, it has helped to build a bridge between the Android and iPhone community quite efficiently. And as it is an open source project, it is going to evolve over time as other developers are going to contribute towards it. So far, it is the best solution that one has ever thought of to enhance cross-platform communications. If you have some queries regarding the functionality of this new app, feel free to discuss with us in the comments section below. You can also write to us regarding any doubts or queries you have.