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Mobile chat services are great, until you don't have an internet connection and the conversation goes dark. That's where FireChat could potentially come in, tapping into the power of iOS 7 to offer chat with other users near and far.
Open Garden announced the release of FireChat today, a new iPhone app that offers a unique messaging experience which allows users to connect with others in the same building or halfway around the world.
While any chat app worth its salt can communicate using an active internet connection, FireChat taps into the new Multipeer Connectivity Framework introduced with iOS 7, allowing an internet-free chat experience for groups of users within the same space.
For example, FireChat could be used in a crowded environment where traditional Wi-Fi or cellular connectivity is spotty or absent entirely using its own peer-to-peer network. Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad (despite not being a native build), FireChat aims to make chatting with another person or an entire group easy and fun, even when you're off the grid.
“We may think that we depend on the Internet for everything. FireChat proves that it’s not always the case," said Open Garden CEO Micha Benoliel. “Thanks to the Multipeer Connectivity Framework introduced in iOS 7, we are now able to deliver a best-in-class peer-to-peer chat experience to anyone with an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch."
FireChat is available now as a free download from the App Store and requires iOS 7.0 or later.
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