There are lot of chatting apps that are available and fighting to be front in the row. Here comes another one, but with a twist. FireChat is a free chatting app that works even when there is no internet connection or even cellular phone coverage. The app uses Multipeer Connectivity Framework in iOS 7, which allows the app to communicate with each other locally over Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, even without an internet connection. Along with text messages, you can also exchange photos with everybody on the local network or just a single user. The common uses of this app could be events, conferences, conventions, outdoor festivals, classroom chats and even dating.
FireChat is the first iOS product from Open Garden. The company says that the app “could be used to communicate with your neighbors in the wake of a natural disaster, when oftentimes centralized communications infrastructure goes down.” There is no need to have user accounts and hence the users can remain anonymous while having conversation with someone say in a stadium. Since the FireChat app works on an advanced technology in iOS, the Android version is not easily replicable and hence might take a longer time to come to existence. The app is now available for download in the App Store, in English, Japanese and Chinese.
- Instantly message anyone around you on iPhone, iPad or iPod touch,
- Chat and share photos with one person or with a group,
- See what people are talking about everywhere, or create conversations that only people near you can join,
- Works even without any 3G, 4G or Wi-Fi connection,
- The Nearby mode works best within 30 feet of your location,
- Easy: no Facebook or email login, no password to remember,
- Use it at home or when travelling anywhere in the world,
- No significant impact on battery consumption,
- FireChat is designed for iOS 7.