Thursday, 3 April 2014

FireChat launches on Android, letting users text nearby friends even without cell service

FireChat launched two weeks ago on iPhone to much fanfare, since it let you chat anonymously with people nearby even without a cell signal. The app makes use of some crazy iOS 7 technologies developed by Apple to let you talk locally over Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and with each additional local user, the network gets bigger. FireChat hit the top 10 in the App Store's Social Networking category in over 80 countries, leaving Android users wanting.
It would appear that FireChat would only work on iOS, considering its use of Apple's messaging protocols, but behind the scenes, app developer Open Garden was seemingly also working on an Android version. The app is launching today in the Google Play Store.

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