There are some times that you need to send a message to your contacts and the signal on your mobile phone isn't available. Since we users have grown dependable on our network connection, FireChat tries to change that current tendency by enabling offline messages thanks to the use of the Wireless Mesh Networking. Created by Open Garden, this free app changes the rules of the game about communicative programs offering additional options for granting that your texts are properly sent.
The functionality of FireChat is really similar to other communication applications, where you can simply write short messages to your contacts. FireChat also includes a Nearby mode in which you can write to people who are 30 feet or less from your location, without the need to be connected to the Internet, in a similar way to former Bluetooth messaging systems. You can talk with several contacts at the same time or in a private window for individual chatting.
FireChat includes a Nearby mode in which you can write to people who are 30 feet or less from your location, without the need to be connected to the Internet
FireChat works well, it's free, and it is growing exponentially amongst Android and iOS users. Due to the way it works, this chatting app requires a fast rate of growth to improve it's effectiveness, and according to its developers, the future of the application is bright and promising. The FireChat download in your smartphone device will allow you to connect to your contacts in a different way.
How it works
Communication technologies change with the times. In the Internet age, there are some times when you're not able to access any Internet connection. For this reason, both Apple and Google are trying to avoid these kinds of situations by including an additional way to maintain communication on their systems, called Wireless Mesh Networking. If you ever have used a Walkie Talkie, the way it works is very similar.
FireChat communicates with other devices through a multipeer framework. This allows creating hyperlocal networking systems, without using the Internet for communicating between several devices at the same time. To send messages to a mobile phone that is further than 30 feet away, the connectivity system will use other devices to deliver your message instead of an Internet connection with its multi-hop mesh connecting technology.
This system has overwhelmed their creators due to its success. The only point we can find against it is that it is very dependent on other devices, which first needs to create a strong network by downloading FireChat and only then can they use the app as a bridge to other mobile phones. Both Android and iOS devices are not compatible without an Internet connection since the Mesh Networking protocols are not supported. For the moment, the proposal is interesting; its growth rate is quite strong, and we think it has a bright future “burning” the rest of the messaging applications we depend on.
FireChat 1.4 Features
Check the main and important features of FireChat:
- Chat offline with your contacts using other devices as intermediaries with Wireless Mesh Networking
- Use the service without any having to use Facebook, email or other kinds of information to login
- Use Nearby Chat to send messages to close devices and start chatting with everyone around you
- iPad and iPhone support and additional Android-compatible devices
- Battery usage is kept low so you won't consume it quickly like other similar software
For further details about FireChat, you can check the developer’s official website.
Check the minimum requirements for FireChat on your device:
- Operating System: Android 2.2, iOS 7 or later
- Size: 5MB of free space