iMessage is an instant messaging service developed by Apple. iMessage allows users to send texts, documents, photos, videos, contact information, and group messages over Wi-Fi, mobile phone Internet access, or other forms of Internet access to other iOS or macOS users, thus providing an alternative to standard SMS/MMS messaging for most users with devices running iOS 5 or later.
iMessage is accessible through the Messages app on an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch running iOS 5 or later or on a Mac running OS X Mountain Lion or later. Owners of these devices can register one or more email addresses with Apple, and, additionally, iPhone owners can register their phone numbers with Apple, provided their carrier is supported. When a message is sent to a mobile number, Messages will check with Apple if the mobile number is set up for iMessage. If it is not, the message will seamlessly transition from iMessage to SMS.
Apple is known to keep a majority of its apps and services locked away in its own ecosystem. For example, one can enjoy Google and Microsoft on an iOS. iMessage service is one of the many Apple’s own messaging apps, which is clean, fast, intuitive, and surprisingly powerful. Since it is an Apple-only service, means that Android smartphone users cannot use this app.
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Tricks to get iMessage on Android :
There is a new open source project to get iMessage up and running on your Android smartphones. It isn’t easy, and it’s only partially functional at present. This is not an official application from Apple.
- Dubbed as Pie Message, it directs you on how to get iMessage on android, it enables cross-platform iMessage support that allows Android users to communicate using Apple’s iPhone messaging platform.
The PieMessage project was put together by GitHub user Eric Chee, the app developer, and to complete it you’ll need a Mac and an Android phone. In other words, PieMessage needs an OS X client as a server to route messages to an Android device, enabling iMessage support on Android devices. So, it’s the Mac that handles the entire workload.
PieMessage uses an AppleScript to capture iMessages as they arrive on your Mac system, after which a Java app takes those messages from the AppleScript. Further, the Java app forwards them to a custom messaging app on an Android phone to display and respond to that iMessage.
At present, the system doesn’t work with photos, sending group messages (you can receive them), or the ability to see that someone is typing. While that last one isn’t in the works just yet, Chee says that photos and group messages should arrive sometime soon in the form of an update.
The source code is currently available on GitHub and is expected to be further developed into a standalone app in the near future. Since the system is open source, it is possible for developers to build apps that will allow Android users (and other platforms) to access iMessage using their own Macs as a server.