The new FireChat app creates a league of its own as it introduces a new feature where you can send private messages without requiring an internet connection. This ingenious process that the social media app has shared surprised many by letting users chat and message each other without using mobile data networks.
FireChat builds its own mesh network using Bluetooth and peer-to-peer Wi-Fi and as long as devices are located within 200 feet of each other, FireChat can transmit messages and pictures to or through those smartphones or tablets, according to App Advice. OpenGarden, creator of the social media app has certainly introduced a new type of private messaging method that will prove to be practical for anyone who plans to go to events where there are weak or no internet signals.
How does it work?
On the mesh network, the encrypted messages are transmitted from one device to another until they reach their recipients, App Advice shares. And when an Internet connection or cellular network is available, the app uses them to reach remote recipients.?”Let’s say you and I are sending private messages this way and there are a number of people in-between us who have the app, they won’t know what is going through their phones,” Daligault said according to BBC. It means that although the message is sent through different devices, it can only be seen by the person it is sent to, explained by EDM.
?FireChat?s announcement that it will seek end-to-end encrypted messaging is a positive step for privacy,? said Richard Tynon, a technologist at Privacy International, according to BBC. ?However, it remains to be seen whether the quality of these implementations actually lives up to the claims. For many at risk individuals, the security of their communications can be a matter of life and death. It is vital therefore, that claims about security can be verified and tested independently,? he added.
The mobile app is available to download for iOS and Android users.