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Software Company To Bring iMessage To Android – iMessage Without iPhone?

Due to the relatively low share of the market for the iPhone in Europe in comparison to the United States, iMessage isn't anything especially popular – which is quite the opposite of the service's widespread popularity for quite some time on the other side of the Atlantic. The majority of smartphone users in the US possess an iPhone and iPhone ownership has become such a norm that there have even been reports written about the exclusion of children with Android smartphones from messaging chats by their peers due to iMessage's exclusivity on Apple devices. Since long ago, Google has continuously endeavoured to convince Cupertino to implement Rich Communication Services (RSC) to support the safer exchange of images and videos between Android and iOS devices – however, Apple has thus far refused to do so.

Sunbird – iMessage On Android?
Software company Sunbird now hopes to provide the answer to Android users' iMessaging woes: Sunbird wants to enable Android users to send and receive iMessages without the ownership of an Apple device – with no additional hardware requirements and only a 60-second setup process. Users simply have to enter their Apple ID and password into the Android app and a short while afterwards iMessage should function normally. Sunbird also claims that end-to-end encryption is still 100% supported. Check out the video below:

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Technique Still Unclear
Several solutions have already existed for a while for iPhone, iPad, or Mac users to send iMessages to Android smartphones – however, these still require an Apple device. Sunbird has yet to reveal its playing hand and it's still unclear how exactly the company is bringing iMessages to non-Apple smartphones. There's some speculation that Sunbird has created thousands of Apple IDs all managed on one device, which then forwards these messages to the corresponding Android smartphones. AndroidAuthority.com has already received access to the service: The sign-in process went without any speed bumps, however, during the site's first test with the app last week – the testers were unable to receive or send any messages, although a remedy has since been implemented since then.

Caution
Users should seriously consider before logging into the service should they receive access to it: The claims that all communications are indeed encrypted end-to-end are entirely, externally unverifiable. It's also possible that data related to users' own Apple IDs could land in the public due to security failures or insufficiencies – including access to data and images saved on iCloud.

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