All about pissing off your wireless carrier and using the Internet willy-nilly like? Then you’ll love the new Open Garden app that creates simple tether wireless connections between your devices.
You know all that junk you like to use that uses the Internet? Well it all pretty much blows without the Internet (sort of like batteries). After all, think when about it when’s the last time you used a computer that wasn’t connected to the World Wide Web? If you said today then just go punch yourself right in the face.
We’ve featured a few different tethering apps on the site and most of them are not only hit-or-miss for set up but also require root access. But Open Garden is different for at least two reasons. First, unlike most tethering apps that use WiFi based tethering Open Garden uses Bluetooth. So, for example, if you had a Peer-2-Peer network set up on your laptop and couldn’t use WiFi you could use Bluetooth instead. Or you could be at a coffee shop and be connected via WiFi but then Bluetooth your Internet connection to your Android tablet. In other words, you simply get more options and flexibility.
The other good part about Open Garden is that it’s minimal on setup, which is assisted by the individual apps you install on all your devices. Right now, Open Garden has an app for Android, Windows and Mac (Sorry iOS) that makes for easy set up.
I know it seems like I’m very pro Open Garden already but the app also has a few other thing that, again, just make it smart. Open Garden display everything in this dynamic visual flow format ( just made that up) that gives you a quick graphic layout of how all your device are connected.
Open Garden also gives you a quick read out on how much data you’ve transmitted, battery life and battery temperature. Open Garden is currently a beta, so expect some hiccups here and there.
Even if you only occasionally need to tether, Open Garden makes a good fit for people that like apps to work and need the flexibility of Bluetooth.
Free: Open Garden