BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Open Garden, Inc. announced today the release of MeshKit, a pioneering new platform for mobile applications. MeshKit is built on Open Garden's award-winning technology in enabling mobile peer-to-peer connectivity.
The number of smartphones around the world is expected to reach over 6 billion by 2020. Yet many people are not able to use popular apps and services where Internet connectivity is limited and expensive. This is particularly problematic across Asia, Africa and Latin America. MeshKit closes this 'connectivity gap' by extending the reach of the Internet through seamless peer-to-peer connections.
App developers and digital businesses can now reach more people, drive transactions and monetize audiences, even at times when networks are not available and users' devices are disconnected from the Internet. For example, MeshKit enables people to make payments, hail rides, use messaging services, get news updates, music and video clips - all peer-to-peer, without Internet on their phones.
In addition to news, transactions and rich media, MeshKit also enables the offline distribution of mobile applications themselves, letting people access the newest apps and games at any time, without being dependent on intermittent access to cellular networks or WiFi Internet access. The peer-to-peer transfer of apps is on average 15 times faster than via the Internet.
Studio Sol, Latin America's largest music app publisher, will be the first company in the world to use MeshKit to share music with users who are not connected to the Internet.
Studio Sol will also leverage MeshKit's capabilities for offline app distribution, allowing everyone to discover new apps anywhere, at any time.
"Offline is the new frontier. The impossible is now possible with MeshKit: reach people on their smartphones even when they are offline. App developers worldwide can now reach audiences even when they are disconnected from the Internet to share rich media, enable offline transactions, and grow the number of their users in an unprecedented way," said Paul Hainsworth, Open Garden's CEO. "Studio Sol will greatly benefit from this technology to grow its audience in Brazil with the new experience of offline music discovery."
"Studio Sol has always been a digital pioneer. We're excited to deploy Open Garden's innovative technology to reach more people across Brazil and let them discover new music even when they are offline," said Samuel Vignoli, co-founder and CEO at Studio Sol.
For more information about MeshKit and its applications, please refer to this short video: bit.ly/MeshKitVideo.
About Studio Sol
Founded in 2000 in Belo Horizonte, Studio Sol develops services for everyone who loves music. It is Brazil's leading app developer and a Google Play Top Developer. The company publishes Palco MP3, Brazil's largest music service. Palco MP3 has recently been listed by AppAnnie as the 6th most downloaded music app in the world, with over 115 million downloads. Studio Sol's other popular brands and apps include music learning service Cifra Club and Letras.mus.br, a leading archive of music lyrics. For more information, visit studiosol.com.br.
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About Open Garden
Founded in 2011, Open Garden is a San Francisco-based startup. Its technology creates a software-based network, also known as a peer-to-peer wireless mesh network, among participating mobile devices using WiFi, Bluetooth, and other technologies. Open Garden has received an Innovation Award at SXSW, the Boldness in Business Award by the Financial Times, and the Tech4Resilience Award by Making All Voices Count. For more information, visit opengarden.com.
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