Beeper Mini app removed from Google Play Store amidst Apple iMessage battle

iMessage feature from Beeper has also been moved to the ‘Labs’ section in the Beeper Cloud app
A representational image. — 9to5Mac
A representational image. — 9to5Mac

Beeper on Friday announced its decision to remove its Beeper Mini app — which enables blue bubbles iMessage texting on Android phones — from the Google Play Store following its involvement in a much-talked-about issue regarding the facilitation of iMessage to Android, getting blocked from Apple, and finding repeated workarounds to make the service work.

The development comes almost a month after Beeper announced that it had received its latest update and has given up on its efforts to make iMessages reliably work on Android phones.

According to Gadget360, the team also informed its users about its decision on Thursday via a message. Moreover, it was learnt that the iMessage feature from Beeper has also been moved to the ‘Labs’ section in the Beeper Cloud app.

Read more: Beeper to give up on iMessage for Android

The message sent to the Beeper Cloud user read: “We have moved iMessage to ‘Labs' in Beeper Cloud and removed Beeper Mini from the Play Store.”

It should, however, be noted that the Beeper Mini app can still be sideloaded via the apk file available on the Beeper website. Moreover, the Beeper Cloud is still available on the Play Store.

Shedding light on the company’s roadmap in the announcement message Beeper Co-Founder Eric Migicovsky revealed that the company was working to add 14 other chat networks to the Beeper Mini Android app, which is called its “number one priority”.

“It's a completely new app, with a new design, built for top speed and performance,” the message reportedly added. The company also said that improvements to the Beeper desktop app are on the way, including a performance boost.