FireChat is an offline chatting app for android which does not require an active internet connection or mobile network coverage. This free app developed by ‘Open Garden’ was first released only for Apple IOS devices. Now, FireChat is available for IOS as well as Android devices. As Firechat cost you nothing to chat, it’s really a good app. But, there are also bad reviews regarding the privacy of sent messages.
Firechat uses WiFi or Bluetooth connectivity in place of internet to send and receive messages. Firechat which offers single person chat as well as Group chat, works well within 30 feet. This app which is very helpful while traveling with friends or working in a group, does not require any sort of registration. That is, you can use this app without entering your email id or setting any passwords. The only action required is, you should enter your name at startup. In the released android version, there are two tabs namely ‘everyone’ and ‘nearby’. Through ‘everyone’ you can chat with your friends publically, who are in the nearby cities. ‘nearby’ option offers messaging only with persons who are within a distance of 30 feet.
The outstanding feature of this app is, you can use it anywhere and everywhere in the world – whether you’re on the beach or in the subway, at a big game or a trade show, travelling on a train or bus or on flight, camping in the wild or at a concert, or even abroad. Another advantage of using this app is that, it’s working does not have great impact on your battery’s power. It seems that, if developed further, this app can be very helpful under emergency situations like when someone is missing, to pass an important message to a friend nearby and so on.
Although this app sounds great, there are many negative reviews about Firechat regarding privacy of messages. The messages we sent are visible to everyone . So, many users are requesting for addition of private chat feature to Firechat. Let us hope for those additional features in the future updates.
About the Developers of Firechat – Open Garden
Open Garden is project that focuses on sharing the internet connection automatically. It is a wireless mesh networking application which offers greater internet speed and coverage. By joining other Open Garden devices, you will be able to receive data from Bluetooth, WiFi, and 3/4G at the same time.