Briar is in public beta

What is Briar?

Briar is a messaging app designed for activists, journalists, and anyone else who needs a safe, easy and robust way to communicate. Unlike traditional messaging tools such as email, Twitter or Telegram, Briar doesn’t rely on a central server – messages are synchronized directly between the users’ devices. If the internet’s down, Briar can sync via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, keeping the information flowing in a crisis. If the internet’s up, Briar can sync via the Tor network, protecting users and their relationships from surveillance.

I am incredibly excited about this project. Please test and use the beta. The direct APK is linked from the manual, but here it is: https://briarproject.org/beta/briar.apk

Hi everyone,

I'm pleased to announce the first public beta release of Briar for Android. Briar is a messaging app designed for activists, journalists, and anyone else who needs a safe, easy and robust way to communicate. You can download it from Google Play:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.briarproject.briar.beta

If you prefer not to use Google Play, the manual has instructions for downloading the app from our website:

https://briarproject.org/manual

This release includes private messaging, forums, blogs and RSS import. We'd love to hear your feedback on these features, as well as any others you'd like to see. Please feel free to send your feedback to contact@briarproject.org, or anonymously via the app.

The beta will expire on 21 October. When it expires, your contacts and messages will be lost. The expiry period is designed to limit the impact of any security issues and allow us to make incompatible changes before the 1.0 release.

I hope you enjoy testing Briar!

Cheers,
Michael

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