FireChat now available for Android devices, lets you chat without an internet connection

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When FireChat launched on iOS a few days back, the messaging service got a lot of buzz. Not because of fun stickers, or some fancy new UI, but because it’s one of the only messaging apps of its kind that allows for chatting without an internet connection.

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Using what FireChat calls their “mesh networking technology,” the app is able to connect to other FireChat users nearby (withing a 30 foot radius) via a combination of WiFi Direct and Bluetooth. This makes the messaging service much more social than others, allowing you to chat with stranger on a subway, or during a concert or big event. Because it’s “off the grid,” tinfoil hat types should find a little peace of mind as well.

The app is completely free to download in the Play Store, so give it a shot if you feel so inclined.

Download on Google Play: FireChat

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  • Carl Rood

    Or, you know, you could walk up and TALK to them.

    • Mark Johnston

      what’s this all caps TALK you speak of? can I download it? is it like tinder?

      • Chimphappyhour

        It’s this really cool app where you walk up to people and write things on your phone then show it to them… all while avoiding actual eye contact. Nerdiest app out there. :-P

    • Christopher Robert

      30 ft does seem like a short distance, but if you were at an event like the world series or the superbowl or mardi gras and many people had this app it would be a big help.

      • frhow

        But wouldnt you have service in those places. If not its time for a new carrier. Lol

        • steveb944

          At major events you often time have an over saturation of individuals using the network, this limiting basic text even. Think New Years when texts may not go through from the whole time zone saturation

    • http://twitter.com/gamercore Chris Chavez

      Or use a whiteboard.

    • Guest

      “Sup? This is easier isn’t it?”

    • Roaduardo

      0_o

  • MK2

    I could see this being useful chatting with friends on a camping trip or other scenario where there’s no connection. The close proximity is limiting, but still useful.

    • Roaduardo

      I agree, there’s room for practicality here. Something to keep in your app drawer for a rainy day sort of thing.

    • JanetheAddiction

      Agreed, being out on a camping trip to enjoy the beautiful outdoors and the geekdom will want to stare at they phones! And since this is close proximity use, god forbid you just use your mouth and talk. Lol.

      • NexusMan

        Geeks…close proximity…why don’t you walk up and talk….Library? Sounds like the perfect app for communication in a library.

  • NardVa

    Umm this is worthless. Just a bunch of geeks using it. No chicks.

  • Powsniffer0110

    Do you guys not see what this is for?? Selling drugs or exstacy at concerts or rave/music festivals.

    • Robabobbob

      I hope so because it will make it nice and easy for police to arrest dealers.

  • TONY ALDO

    Mesh networking FTW

  • http://androidblog.site666.info/ android underground

    It’s the perfect app for spotty kids chatting in the classroom without a data plan or getting caught on the school wifi network.

  • Cesar B

    Hey girl, u want sum fuq?

  • ziplock9000

    So you and your friend have to be inside of a nightclub with a huge population density for this to work. Joking aside, this has to be mostly useless for 99% of IM users.

  • steveb944

    This is useful for cruises somewhat. Some ships are too big but it may serve some function when data prices suck onboard