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I am using Sunbird with iMessage for Android. It works.

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C. Scott Brown / Android Authority

TL;DR

Sunbird was kind enough to give me early access to an alpha version of the app yesterday. Although I was able to connect my Apple ID to the app, messaging did not work. However, today, I was able to use a variety of iMessage features using a temporary "dummy" account loaned to me by Sunbird.

The end result of this is that I can confirm Sunbird works. It allowed me to use iMessage on Android.

Of course, this is an alpha app so it doesn't work flawlessly. Lots of features are missing and things don't work quite as expected. However, as a proof-of-concept, it is sound and shows Sunbird might be the real deal.

Sunbird: iMessage on Android

C. Scott Brown / Android Authority

As mentioned, Sunbird loaned me an Apple account for these tests. We are still working on trying to get my personal account to work as intended. However, with this loaned account, this is what I was able to do:

That's a pretty robust list of features. However, there are plenty of things missing:

Keep in mind that this is an alpha version of the app, so it's expected that things would be broken. When you consider that yesterday I wasn't even able to send or receive one message and today I was able to do everything I did, the whole situation seems pretty promising.

I will continue working with Sunbird to address these issues. It will be interesting to see if the company's other claims — full end-to-end encryption, no-cost service, no other hardware needed, etc. — hold true. Either way, this is pretty exciting.

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