The Android logo, with spines on his head.

Spiny Android

A mesh network on the Android platform.

Tom Tantillo, Abhishek Prakash, and Daniel Obenshain


   Android phones are a smartphone platform that has become very popular. They have a reputation for being easy to use for development purposes.

   Imagine a situation where you have a phone with no connectivity, but your friend next to you has a phone that does have connectivity. It would be nice to be able to share that connectivity between the two of you. In order to enable this, we ported Spines onto the Android platform. That way, we could form a mesh network of android phones and send between them. Then, we used raw sockets to stop packets from leaving the phone in the normal way and instead routed them on our mesh network.


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