Mishaal Rahman / Android Authority
- The FCC commissioner has asked the commission to investigate Apple for cracking down on Beeper Mini.
- Commissioner Brendan Carr cited iMessage’s low-contrast green bubbles and photo/video degradation.
Beeper Mini promised Android phone users a more convenient way to use iMessage like a blue bubble. Unfortunately, Apple cracked down on the solution and effectively killed it.
Now, FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr (h/t: The edge) asked the FCC to investigate Apple for this crackdown.
“Beeper has bridged the gap between the blue bubble and the green bubble that Apple maintains as part of a broader set of walled garden practices that inhibit competition,” Carr said. explain on X.
Reasons for an Apple/Beeper Mini investigation
“Apple’s broader set of exclusionary practices merits scrutiny from antitrust and competition agencies, but the FCC should also review this particular incident in light of our Part 14 rules on the accessibility, usability and compatibility.”
Specifically, Carr cited the green color of iMessage bubbles as being “low contrast” and therefore difficult to read. He also recognized the degradation of photos and videos of green bubble users by the platform.
“I think the FCC should investigate Apple’s conduct with respect to the Beeper Mini. Subsequently, Apple made changes to iMessage to disable the Beeper Mini functionality.
Apple shut down Beeper Mini in December 2023, citing security concerns. The standard Beeper service still exists, however, but requires the Android user to have access to an iPhone or Mac computer.