This App Does not require any Internet Connection for chatting with your friends. Yes it’s true but has some limitations. Open Garden announced today that its newest app, FireChat, is now available on Google Play. Initially launched only for iPhone users on iOS the app created a huge wave within 2 Weeks of its launch. The app already has been installed on more than 1 million iOS devices.
People are hoping for something more secure, effective, fast, and affordable source of messaging service. This app raises there hope well because of its technology called wireless mesh networking, which might someday allow a myriad of devices to connect like links in a chain.
Open Garden, a San Francisco startup with just 10 employees, is taking another step toward its ambitious goal with Thursday’s release of a FireChat app for Android phones.
So the app is now available for the android users free of cost. In this context the CEO (Micha Benoliel) of Open Garden, maker of the FireChat app said that “We trying to create networks built by the people for the people”.
The app favors some conditions where it may prove helpful like it could enable online communications in remote areas or disaster zones without Wi-Fi or cellular signals.
Furthermore, the conversations in these so-called “off-the-grid” networks can’t be easily hacked into by spies and mischief makers or shut down by governments trying to stifle free speech.
The technology might someday be used to tie together thousands of devices with built-in radios and make it possible to be online without having to pay for the access.
Sundar Pichai, Google’s executive in charge of Android, has touted mesh networks as a way to connect wearable computers, such as the company’s Glass eyewear. Mesh networks also could be used to bring a wide variety of everyday appliances online, helping to build an Internet of things instead of just websites.
For now, Android phones and iPhones with the FireChat app won’t be able to engage in off-the-grid conversation. Open Garden, though, believes it will eventually be able to make mesh networking work on phones running on different operating systems.
The FireChat App is available for free on the Google Play store and at www.opengarden.com.
- Instantly message anyone around you on Android devices,
- Works even without any Internet connection or any type of mobile coverage
- Chat with one person or with a group of people at once,
- See what people are talking about everywhere in the “Everyone” mode, or create conversations that only people near you can join in the “Nearby” mode,
- “Nearby chat” works best within 30 feet of your location,
- Easy: no Facebook or email login, no password to remember,
- Use it at home or when traveling anywhere in the world,
- No significant impact on battery consumption.
FireChat’s reach so far is limited which is making it less popular among many android users. When connecting off the grid, iPhone app users have only been able to send text and photos to other FireChat users within a range of 30 to 100 feet (10 to 30 meters).
Later this year, Open Garden plans to upgrade FireChat’s iPhone app so off-the-grid users will be able to hopscotch through a daisy chain of devices to extend the reach of a local network. If this works, a FireChat user sitting in the right-field bleachers of a baseball game would be able to text with a friend on the other side of the stadium if enough other iPhone users in the ballpark also are on FireChat.
Like texts and photos sent on Snapchat, nothing transmitted through FireChat is saved. All content evaporates once the app is closed. FireChat also allows all its users to remain anonymous, another feature that is becoming popular on a variety of mobile messaging apps, such as Wickr and Rumr.
There still aren’t enough people using FireChat to ensure users will find someone nearby to message. To pique people’s interest in the app, FireChat offers an “everyone” option that allows users to enter a digital chat room with up to 80 other random users located in the same country. This option requires a Wi-Fi or cellular connection.
FireChat enables communication for scenarios such as disaster recovery and public safety. FireChat is also well suited for any situation where you don’t have reliable connectivity including schools and colleges, public transportation, stadiums, clubs, concerts, conferences, conventions, construction sites or outdoor festivals.
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