'iMessage Chat' app shows up for Android, isn't pretty, don't trust it

"iMessage Chat" has shown up in the Google Play Store, and it seems to be an actual, working, not-very-pretty iMessage app for Android. Unfortunately, since Apple didn't make it, and there's currently no way to look inside the APK file and see what's happening, it shouldn't be trusted.

In order to use it, you'd have to give the app your Apple ID, which could also be the key to your devices, your iTunes purchases, and more. That means your data, that means your credit card information, and that means game over. At least potentially.

It may sound great, but great things are often too great to be true. I don't know anything that could be said or done that would make me trust this - or any non-Apple app - and I can't think of anything that should make you give it your Apple ID. Ever.

Downloaders beware. Actually, don't even beware, stay the #$!! away.

Thanks: @b3ll

Rene Ritchie

Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.