Hike Messenger has introduced a new feature called Hike Direct which allows users to send messages off grid, i.e. without the use of telecom networks or an active Internet connection. It lets mobile phones connect with one another directly within a 100 meter radius, send messages and share files directly up to a speed of 40Mbps. Users will have to upgrade to the latest version of the app. The feature is available only for Android users. iOS and Windows Phone users will the get the upgrade next year. Hike Direct uses the same WiFi radio that connects phones to the Internet and establishes a peer-to-peer network between two users. To use it, users need to open a chat with a friend and choose Hike Direct from the three dot menu on top right of the screen. Hike automatically pairs up with the other phone and…
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