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FireChat now in Google Play, connecting Android users even without Internet connection

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FireChat which easy climbed up the top 10 ranking in the App Store’s Social Networking category in over 80 countries is now available in Google Play to connect users even without internet or cellular connection.

Android users who want to have FireChat instant messaging on their mobile phones can download the application starting today as app developer Open Garden announced that ?FireChat instant messaging iOS app? is now available in Google Play with its Android version.

In statement posted at the official blog of Google Play, Open Garden?s CEO Micha Benoliel said:

?Many people asked us to bring FireChat to Android. We first launched FireChat on iOS two weeks ago. It was an instant success. FireChat reached the top 10 amongst social networking apps in 80 countries around the word, adding more than one new user per second. I am proud to say that we are now able to deliver a best-in-class peer-to-peer chat experience to anyone with an Android device. And thanks to its multi-hop capabilities, FireChat may extend the range of peer-to-peer communications significantly.?

Open Garden also said that FireChat uses a proprietary mesh networking technology to enable peer-to-peer networks to establish a connection between Android devices just like on iOS. FireChat works without any data or cellular connection in a range of about 30 feet for ?Nearby chat? mode.

?Whether you?re on the beach or in the subway, at a big game or a trade show, camping in the wild or at a concert, or even abroad, simply fire up the app with a friend or two and find out who else is around and start chatting. FireChat enables communication for scenarios such as disaster recovery and public safety. FireChat is also well suited for any situation where you don?t have reliable connectivity including schools and colleges, public transportation, stadiums, clubs, concerts, conferences, conventions, construction sites or outdoor festivals.?

FireChat features and capabilities:

1. Instantly message anyone around you on Android devices,
2. Works even without any Internet connection or any type of mobile coverage
3. Chat with one person or with a group of people at once,
4. 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,
5. ?Nearby chat? works best within 30 feet of your location,
6. Easy: no Facebook or email login, no password to remember,
7. Use it at home or when traveling anywhere in the world,
8. No significant impact on battery consumption

FireChat App is available for free on the Google Play store and at http://www.opengarden.com.

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