Two weeks ago, we launched FireChat for iOS. Utilizing iOS 7′s new Multipeer Connectivity Framework, the app lets you chat with folks nearby even if you’re without a WiFi or cellular connection. Much to our delight, it soared to the top of the charts in dozens of countries, adding more than one new user per second, reaching #1 in its category in several countries – including Brazil, Spain, Taiwan, and Chile – and landing in the top 10 amongst social networking apps in 80 countries around the word.
Many people asked for an Android version and today, they too can join in the fun. We’ve released FireChat for Android, now available on the Play Store. The app takes advantage of Open Garden’s mesh networking technology to enable peer-to-peer connections with other nearby Android devices. If you’re connected to the Internet, you can switch to ‘Everyone’ mode to join a larger chatroom of users in a wider geographic range.
• 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 travelling anywhere in the world.