Sunbird returns following iMessage for Android security nightmare | Phones

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It’s pretty clear that iMessage for Android is not going to be an easy task, but one of the apps that tried to do it (before we found out that it was a terrible security nightmare), Sunbird, is giving it another shot.

In a press release, Sunbird has confirmed plans to relaunch its iMessage for Android services starting today.

Sunbird first hit the scene in 2022 with the promise of bringing iMessage to Android. The app launched in a private beta with a waitlist, but never made its way to a whole lot of users. In fact, it wasn’t until Nothing partnered with Sunbird to launch “Nothing Chats” that the service was widely available.

Within days of the launch of Sunbird-powered “Nothing Chats,” we reported on massive security problems with the app that included, among other things, hundreds of thousands of pieces of user-shared media being relatively-easily accessible, as well as messages being visible through the same method as they were sent in real-time. It was… bad.

Days after the incident, Sunbird announced that it would cease operations indefinitely.

Now, somehow, Sunbird has returned.

Sunbird says that invitations to those on the waitlist will roll out in “small phases” starting today, April 5.

In a press release, Sunbird references Apple’s shutdown of Beeper’s “unauthorized access” to iMessage and touts its platform which “provides a bridge between Android and Apple users, enabling secure communication within Apple’s ecosystem.”

The press release itself doesn’t offer any explanation of what Sunbird has changed besides committing “to offering a robust, secure, and unified messaging…

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