Chat apps are extremely popular these days as this is an easy way to get in touch and communicate efficiently. And with Apple’s Multipeer Connectivity Framework in iOS 7 developers can now create new apps which discover multipeer-enabled services on nearby iOS devices using Wi-Fi, peer-to-peer connections and Bluetooth.
Firechat, which is now launching, is a hyperlocal chat network for iOS that works even without an Internet connection. There have been similar apps like this but they all relied on users being on the same Wi-Fi network. Now with Firechat users are able to use an ipod touch without any Internet connection and still be able to communicate with friends.
This new iPhone app also has a global chat mode that includes everybody on the network. There are no user accounts and no need to sign in so users are able to remain as anonymous as they would like.
Other developers are encouraged to consider using the Multipeer connectivity framework as it is a unique way to allow users to communicate easily. Users can have greater flexibility and capability with their mobile device.
However, currently Android does not have an equivalent to Multipeer built-in, so emphasis should be placed on development for iOS 7. If interested to read more about how to use this framework within an app visit https://developer.apple.com and continue to check PreApps for the latest in mobile trends and development.