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Working iMessage App Comes to Android, Probably Should Stay Clear

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While Blackberry continues to fail at putting out their BBM service for Android and iOS, another messaging service is now available for Android users. iMessage has long been one of the secret weapons of the iPhone, giving a very robust instant messaging service built in alongside SMS delivery as well. If you have a lot of friends with iPhones that use iMessage, this app might be worth looking into, in a shady, back-alley way. In other words, be careful or completely avoid. Avoiding might be the best action here. 

The app itself is pretty barebones overall. Once installed, you login to your AppleID and then you get the choice to either try and import contacts from your phone or add them yourself. Lots of users are having trouble with each step of the process, but after installing and signing into my account I was off and bugging Ron my friends with iPhones pretty quickly. There are no ads built into this app and it is completely free to download. The developer says that the point is so that “everyone can chat via iMessage on Android for free.” Certainly a noble cause, but you have to wonder if Apple will let this Android application continue to have access to their proprietary messaging system for that much longer or how much data it is stealing from you.

If are desperate enough to use this, please note (again) that it does require you to give your AppleID and password into an app that we aren’t completely sure how the back-end works. Definitely use at your own risk if you like to keep your security priorities straight.

Update:  If it wasn’t clear enough, we aren’t/weren’t recommending that anyone actually use this app. It’s about as shady as it gets. Play link removed for those who can’t read. Title even updated. Moving on!

Update 2:  If you really need to know why it’s so shady, read this.

  • Thomas guide

    Someone explain to me why anybody needs this. Is not being able to text to imessage a big problem that needs to be solved? Why can’t you just send regular text?

  • Mike Hilal

    Make a new apple ID w/o a CC and profit? Just sayin, they cant steal what really isnt there….

  • Gr8Ray

    If it’s so shady, and you don’t want anyone to install it, then why draw attention to it by reporting on it?

    • Ilya

      Maybe so people who come across it on their own, via the Play Store, and Google it can read about it? Yeah?

  • Jason

    Why not just restrict its permissions in CM and imessage away… I have it setup working on a bogus Apple ID, works flawlessly.

  • j

    I can’t figure out how the dev would make any money off stealing people’s apple login IDs. If he bought a fake app with users’ ids, appple could figure that out pretty quickly and reverse all charges before this guy saw a dime. Other than that, no one in China has any need to steal music or movies since they can get everything for free from Baidu already.

    • Guest

      The developer could use the Apple ID credentials to obtain the credit card info associated with the account (used for iTunes purchases).

      • j

        If that is the case, Apple needs to improve its credit processing design. I don’t see how there would ever be a legitimate need for the seller or purchaser to be able to retrieve full credit card info.

  • BiggiePhat

    Seems legit.

  • rutgersjaffo

    Ok, ok, knowing I am going to take abuse I still have to ask: Why would I want this or anything like it? I have stock messaging, which I never use, and GoSMS, which I use all the time. Why do I need another messaging service? Thanks.

  • Matt

    ooooooh iMessage,

  • duke69111

    Users should also be aware of an email going around from a fake Whatsapp email. If opened from an android phone it downloads and might secretly install malware after clicking the link.

    I’ve got the email at least ten times.

    http://blog.dynamoo.com/2013/09/whatsapp-3-new-voicemails-spam-and.html

  • Jeralmac

    Definitely easy for me to steer clear from, the only person I know still using an iPhone is my 68 year old Mother.

    • Daistaar

      Was she on the line for apps?

      • Jeralmac

        Sorry, not sure I understand your question…..

  • Ray Gray

    i live life on the edge i just created a new apple account not the one i have with my ipod on it to try and it works fine nothing to steal from me!

  • Pierito

    This is shady enough to block out the sun lol

  • Spencer

    I can’t figure out how to give it my credit cards and SSN. Can someone help me?

    • Sirx

      That’s cause you have to take your fingerprints and just a negligible amount of your blood and mail them in with 3 proofs of purchase! Once they verify you, then you can put in your credit cards, SSN, and a list of your fears to sign up for this version of iMessage!!!

  • Gnex

    I use hangouts, and I’m going to continue to use hangouts, but you should probably use iMessage for Android.

  • yummy

    This is so dirty, I’m going
    to wash my hands as soon
    as I put my phone down.

    Oh yeah, and I aint got no
    friends with iphones!

    • Tyler Bowden

      Is it just me, or is rap getting lazier?

  • enigmaco

    not a problem for me since I don’t use apple products so I am safe muha.

  • Sjschwar

    How do you get an AppleID? I’ve never owned (or plan on owning) any apple products…

    • hehe

      Just create a new one

  • dazz1996

    I’ll stick with my Google voice and let them pay for text messages

  • Guy Pierce

    (Fart Noise)

  • Ed Cerqueira

    I’ve been using the app all day yesterday, so far it seems to work pretty well. Messages are sent and delivered, however sometimes there is a delay but at least it’s something. Group chats don’t work and neither did read receipts when I was using it, however I woke up to an update this morning which apparently adds that support.

    I haven’t used my Apple ID in years, have no credit cards linked and don’t use the password for anything else so I decided it was worth a shot to try the app. I’m hoping it is just someone in Chine who was fed up with not being able to iMessage from his Android device and not something shadier.

    For now though, it works and it allows me to talk to some of my more stubborn iPhone friends who refuse to use hangouts.

    • Andrew Knighton

      i would uninstall right away

      “Another developer, Steve Troughton-Smith, warned on Twitter that the Android iMessage app had the ability to silently download code onto devices in the background – a feature which could be used to install malware.”- http://grahamcluley.com/2013/09/imessage-android-trust/

      • Ed Cerqueira

        I’ll probably just install it on an old device with accounts I don’t actually use then. I really want to see what happens with it

  • Droidzilla

    Sweet; now you guys can finally message with Ron.

    • Chippah

      You sir get double gunz! Pew Pew!
      Line of the day.

      • spickle

        i F’in love Chip!!!!!! Chip Chipperson!

        • Chippah

          Fawk yea! lets go get zooted or sumpthin.

    • Cory_S

      My current phone doesn’t have iMessage, and neither will my next one. But, you should get one with iMessage.

  • mdj

    is it bad that I WISH this worked on our Nexus tablets over wifi or something? -_____-

    • Ed Cerqueira

      considering it’s a free app, I’m sure you could sideload the APK. I don’t see any reason why this app wouldn’t work on tablets.

  • John Clausen

    It’s only a matter of time before Google builds a similar feature into the Android messaging app. It’ll probably be Samsung or LG before Google, but Google will make it best.

    • flosserelli

      It’s called Hangouts.

      • Ed Cerqueira

        Now if they would just finally add SMS and MMS support….

        • flosserelli

          Agreed. I’m kinda surprised no one has modded Hangouts for that. Obviously it is much easier said than done.

        • Droidzilla

          This. I would only use Google Voice for phone stuff if they did this. Heck, I think they should even integrate the phone to Hangouts. It’s already how phone calls are made from the browser, and it would allow things like seamless transitions from chat to text to call to video chat within the same conversation (if, say, one person in the conversation just had their phone on them and then got home and booted up their computer). But I’m talking actual integration with the dialer; not over data for the phone call. Android has the hardware, Google just needs to code it up.

        • zionlion02

          Not sure what version or brand you are on, so this might not be relevant. Hopefully it’s helpful though. But since 4.3, Android now allows MMS in the default texting app. I wish I wasn’t so happy about that, but lots of my friends have iPhones and I was always responding to the last sender only. I have a Nexus 4, and this also worked on my Gnex. But conversely, it does not yet work on a friend’s S4, unfortunately. So that’s on the manufacturer – but android in general supports it now.

      • John Clausen

        I mean something people would actually use.

        • JRomeo

          I actually use hangouts all the time… want to share a pic? a message? or video chat, its all done from the same app !, i have a group hangout with my family that is always there for whenever I want to send a message blast to all of them. the best part is that when I go into the hangout app, the group conversation from last month is still there, so I just go back into that one and easily type a new message and all my family members get it on their phones (iOS or android) and tablets (iOS or android). I’m still wondering how SMS/MMS support would look like if it was incorporated into the app since i’ve never used iMessage, I have nothing to compare it to.

          • John Clausen

            I’m not knocking it, saying it’s a bad app, because I’m sure it’s good and works perfectly. But what I was talking about was a fully integrated chat/IM service built right into the messaging app, working along side SMS and MMS. No having to fiddle with multiple apps.

  • htowngtr

    iMessage isn’t even as good as Google Chat (now “Hangouts”) as far as multi-platform and use on a computer.

    • jnt

      agree completely… unfortunately, besides my wife, I can’t convince many of my friends to default to Hangouts over regular texting…

      • T4rd

        Yeah, that’s the problem. You’re not likely to convince people to use anything other than the default messaging app on iOS. Esp. if that other messaging app doesn’t support SMS like iMessage does.

        • Mark

          Give it time and there will be a solution. Check out Disa. It’s an app that’s currently in beta that intends to combine SMS, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Google Hangouts, and others all into one messaging app.

        • Larry Bublitz

          +1

      • htowngtr

        I tell my wife all the time to please use Hangouts since I can see the same convo on my phone, my laptop, and other other device connected to that.

        • jnt

          Yep – she knows it’s the easiest way to get a hold of me during the day when I’m on a computer (edit: MY wife, not yours :p). I’ve actually used hangouts messaging with a few friends on iPhones and they thought it was cool and saw the benefit, but it’s just too big of a mental shift for them.

          • JD_26

            anything more complicated than a toaster is ! ;)

        • DanSan

          same here, girlfriend and i use google hangouts between our android phones. she likes it because she can tell if im ignoring her lol.

          i like it because of the instant message feature. i just wish the stock text messaging app had this built in just like imessage. i hate having to use multiple apps for the same thing

    • Cory_S

      I agree, but only on Android. Is is horrible on iOS. It randomly sends messages you sent to other people out to a current conversation. Sometimes huge lag, etc.

  • jnt

    c’mon DL, make this more of a warning than a headline…

    • hfoster52

      I agree. If you read the article it says all Data is going to servers in China.

  • flosserelli

    It takes your Apple ID and routes your data through servers in China. No thanks.

    • Jeff Simpson

      Came to say this as well

    • blootz

      everything gets routed through China what’s the big deal!?!

  • Jroc869, Nexus-Life

    I’m not gonna lie If this was official would use the heck out of this

  • Michael Parsons

    Probably uses a modified version of the Mac OS iMessages app.

    *edit to fix Google keyboard typo*

  • moelsen8

    back end is a server in china that sends the info to apple as a mac mini, so i’ve read this morning. doesn’t get too much shadier than this.