Chirp is now available on iPhone and Android, allowing users to share files between devices using only sound.

The clever app converts photos, links and notes into short bursts of digital birdsong-like sound that can be played on your mobile. Anyone else with Chirp is able to listen and receive that data over the airwaves. It's a bit like Shazam but instead of listening to music it listens out for other Chirps which translate into data.

It sounds a bit niche but imagine how easy it will be to share now. No need to pair the devices via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi or even NFC, just play the sound while the other person listens. Imagine sending encoded messages to your friend, or sharing photos with a whole group instantly.

chirp makes sharing photos links and notes easy using digital birdsong image 2

No doubt Chirp will catch on and inspire all sorts of clever new ways to use it. Like QR codes, that crop up all over the place nowadays, we can imagine chirps being played over the radio and public announcement systems. Artists could conceivably even hide chirped photos and messages in songs.

For example this is what looks like as a Chirp:

chirp makes sharing photos links and notes easy using digital birdsong image 3

Chirp is free to download on iPhone and Android. Give it a try and let us know what you think on Twitter. - PAY MONTHLY PHONES The Samsung Galaxy S10+ is now available on EE who have been awarded the UK’s best network for the fifth year running. RootMetrics tested the four UK networks and EE was faster and more reliable than all of them, with better data performance. Their network has come a long way since they launched in 2012. Back then they had 11 UK cities covered by 4G. Today they cover most of the UK’s land mass, thanks to 19,000 state-of-the-art 4G sites. They’ve got faster, too – from 50Mbps to a maximum speed of 400Mbps. And they’re soon to experience even greater possibilities with the launch of 5G.

Sections Tablets Phones Apps