Unauthorized, but working iMessage app shows up in Google Play [Update]

An unauthorized iMessage app has shown up in Google Play that promises to let Android users chat with iOS and Mac users using Apple's iMessage service. Named iMessage Chat, its developers have apparently found out a way to get through Apple's gates. However, you're probably better off avoiding this app.

As you can see from the screenshot above, the app poorly attempts to rip off Apple's iOS 6 and earlier UI design of the Messages app, heavily borrowing from Apple's graphics. Additionally, the app asks for your Apple ID username and password. This information goes to developer servers. Whether or not the developer does anything with that information remains to be seen, but that's probably not a risk worth taking. Steve Troughton-Smith also tweeted the app has code allowing it to sneakily download software in the background to your Android phone.

But hey, according to some reports, the app supposedly does work! It has a few kinks but it can send messages. However, don't be fooled by it's functionality; there's still an overwhelming amount of evidence that points to the use of this app not being in one's best interest.

If you really want to message people, you're better off sticking to regular text messages or downloading a trusted and well-established third-party multi-platform messaging app like WhatsApp or Kik.

Update: The iMessage Chat app has been removed from Google Play.

Source: Macworld | Image via Macworld

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Why can't iMessage also be a part of iCloud.com?
A Windows client would be super helpful too.

When I work on a Windows machine, I often login to iCloud.com to get my files I had worked on or notes that I took on my other devices. It would be great if Apple could have included the iMessage feature on there and this article clearly proves the APIs are open enough to be able to allow a webpage to access the iMessaging features.

Just another app that should have never got past Google's verification process, but they simply don't give a ****. So long as they can get Android in the hands of ****ing everyone, it doesn't matter.

Newsflash; emessenger sends all login details through their servers.
Newsflash; im+ sends all login details through their servers.

1) based in china
2) asks you for your apple id and password, which is tied to a credit card
3) the app has code allowing it to sneakily download software in the background (see paragraph 2)

So, newsflash--this app is shady as hell.

Tyler R. said,
1) based in china
2) asks you for your apple id and password, which is tied to a credit card
3) the app has code allowing it to sneakily download software in the background (see paragraph 2)

So, newsflash--this app is shady as hell.


Of course it asks for your username and password, how else are you going to sign in? My google account is tied to a credit card, the credentials are still required to sign in to IM+ and other apps like it.

Does Android even allow apps to download/install/run additional code?

It's not so much about what *you* want to or do actually use but what your friends and acquaintances use. I'm sure many actual or potential Android users would love an official iMessage app.

I wouldn't hold your breath. Apple is interested in selling hardware and not providing flexible services. They also don't have a Windows version which is over 90% of all desktops and laptops in the world.

#Michael said,
Seriously...you are getting to be as bad as John. This is twice in two days where members have posted stories in BPN and then a couple of hours later you post it on the front page without give the person any credit.

http://www.neowin.net/forum/to...needs-a-big-health-warning/

You might try looking first....just a thought.

seeing as they both are from different sources I thinks it's pretty easy to say he either didn't see the article on BPN or was working on it at the same time and was getting ready to publish it

That's probably because the BPN isn't everyone's go-to forum for news. At least, it isn't mine anyway so I certainly can't blame him...

dead.cell said,
That's probably because the BPN isn't everyone's go-to forum for news. At least, it isn't mine anyway so I certainly can't blame him...

True, but then again, aren't users being asked to search the forums before posting to avoid double posting a same subject? Shouldn't news poster do the same? Correct me if I'm wrong.

Not necessarily. The people posting on the forum are often linking the same sites sourced. In the end, we're all checking similar tech sites. What sense does it make to give credit to an individual who wasn't the reason you found a certain article?

I think the heart of the issue is people just want credit. If we want "points" for posting stuff we found, we might as well post on Reddit. Neowin, however, is not Reddit...

Here's better advice. Try not telling staff members how to do their jobs. News Posters will give credit where it's due. A member that happened to post a similar story first, from a different source, doesn't deserve credit. Why? Well, it's simple. Both sources were found without any affect on the other. You see, it isn't mutually exclusive.

If that member submitted a news tip, then credit would have been given to him. Simply posting a similar story first isn't enough to earn you credit in a news article.

einsteinbqat said,

True, but then again, aren't users being asked to search the forums before posting to avoid double posting a same subject? Shouldn't news poster do the same? Correct me if I'm wrong.

The news site is separate from the forums. Whatever is posted on the main page is done so with an editor's approval. Sometimes, it means similar stories that have already been posted in the forums make it to the front page (for greater exposure).

He has to feed his family. Why give credit? Microsoft does not give credit when they steal either. Remember this is neoWIN, not NeoGiveCredit!

I was a Whatsapp user, but since some Android users don't want to pay for it, skype was fine before, but consumes too many resources. I'm using LINE to communicate with Android and WP users, the new version has free chat and video calls, also works on Mac OSX and Windows 7/8.

At least is more secure than giving your AppleID and Password to some stranger developer, including your credit card info, personal info, apps, music, video, etc.

mjedi7 said,
I was a Whatsapp user, but since some Android users don't want to pay for it,

Android users in a nutshell. $0.99 per year is too much.

Crimson Rain said,

Android users in a nutshell. $0.99 per year is too much.

Way to tar everyone with the same brush. I'm an Android user and have paid for plenty of apps.

Majesticmerc said,

Way to tar everyone with the same brush. I'm an Android user and have paid for plenty of apps.


1. Here "everyone" means most (and you know it).
2. You are an exception (again, you know it).

You really DON'T want to use this. Could you imagine them making an app which logged into your apple id and sent constant spam messages to random people? I am sure Apple will fix however they are getting around

As you can see from the screenshot above, the app poorly attempts to rip off Apple's iOS 6, AN earlier UI design of the Messages app, heavily borrowing from Apple's graphics.