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Everyone's favorite mesh networking startup Open Garden today announced its 2.0 refresh at LAUNCH festival, having allegedly already served 2.1 million installs since version 1.

Readers would be forgiven for not remembering exactly what Open Garden is, or why it's interesting – we last covered the app in its beta stage.

Basically, the idea behind Open Garden is to create ubiquitous internet access by linking various smart devices together and sharing a common internet connection in a mesh network. For example, if your smartphone is connected to the internet, Open Garden would allow you to create a mesh network to which your tablet, another phone, a PC, or all of the above could connect.

Open Garden's 2.0 update is said to be a total software rewrite, offering even more "efficient, powerful, and consistent mobile Internet connections" than the original.

The updated version also includes a feature called Channel Bonding, which uses multiple internet pathways (or "offramps") to deliver optimal bandwidth, even when performing "data intensive downloads." Open Garden's press release explains in more detail:

Open Garden version 2.0 … uses all available Internet signals at the same time to deliver efficient, powerful and consistent mobile Internet connections. Open Garden works behind the scenes and joins all available Internet off-ramps, regardless of whether they are Wi-Fi hotspots or 4G base stations.

Otherwise, Open Garden is functionally the same, automatically connecting devices when users need access, and working to ensure the best possible connectivity available. Those interested can read the full press release, or grab the app below.

LAUNCH, San Francisco, CA — March 4, 2013 – How many times have you been stuck with no Internet or a slow mobile connection? Open Garden, the startup crowdsourcing Internet Access, today rolled out a completely new release of its groundbreaking software application that distributes mobile Wi-Fi access anywhere, anytime.  Open Garden version 2.0 leverages multiple devices and Wi-Fi connections and uses all available Internet signals at the same time to deliver efficient, powerful and consistent mobile Internet connections. Open Garden works behind the scenes and joins all available Internet off-ramps, regardless of whether they are Wi-Fi hotspots or 4G base stations.
“Open Garden version 2.0 improves connections across all devices to provide enough bandwidth for data intensive downloads, like video, which accounts for approximately 50% of the traffic on mobile networks,” said Micha Benoliel, co-founder and CEO, Open Garden. “Version 1.0 of our apps have reached over 2.1 million installs. With version 2.0, we start to address the community aspect of our vision: this means that the more people are joining the Open Garden network, the better connectivity you can achieve.”
Mobile devices with Open Garden version 2.0 installed interconnect seamlessly which allows people to connect any supported device to the Open Garden wireless mesh and hence to the Internet with no effort or configuration. No buttons, no pairing, no manual discoverability. The software automatically chooses the best way to connect to and deliver the best available Internet access.
Cost and Availability:
Open Garden version 2.0 is immediately available free of charge in Google Play. Anyone can download Open Garden for Android, Mac, and Windows at http://opengarden.com.

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • Jason Banich

    No mention of security or encryption anywhere that I can find, this really bugs me.

  • bedwa

    it's like my old OLPC XO-1 I've got in the front room. Sweet!

  • upstanding

    The complimentary PC program borked the bluetooth module for my laptop, still haven't managed to get it back to normal.
    Just FYI.

    • andy_o

      Happened to me too, it's a common problem apparently with some BT chips. Go to device manager and uninstall it, then let Windows install the proper driver. IIRC that's what I did. What I do know is that it was an easy google.

  • upstanding

    The Windows partner program completely borked my bluetooth module. It is still out of commission, and I wish I knew of a fix.

  • http://twitter.com/nastybutler77 JJ

    How are you supposed to install it on AT&T devices? They say to go to their website, but there is no mention of anything about AT&T devices on their website.

    • Lehrin

      Go to the website using your device and there's a button that says "Get the APK"

  • Rob Byrnes

    I don't get it.... why not just tether using wifi? So much faster than bluetooth.

    • Rodrigost23

      Maybe Bluetooth drains less battery, I don't know...

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