Everybody knows what torrents are. For those who don’t know, here’s a quote from Wikipedia:
“BitTorrent is a protocol that underpins the practice of peer-to-peer file sharing and is used for distributing large amounts of data over theInternet. BitTorrent is one of the most common protocols for transferring large files and it has been estimated that, collectively, peer-to-peer networks have accounted for approximately 43% to 70% of all Internet traffic (depending on geographical location) as of February 2009”
It’s basically a peer to peer file sharing protocol, but this method has been subject to lot of controversies lately, most of which is because you can download pirated softwares, movies, music or any other kind of files that is shared by community of people. Another reason why bittorrent has been popular because the metafiles themselves do not store file contents. uTorrent is arguably the best torrent client and it is very popular due to the lightweight nature of the application. It should be noted that uTorrent client itself is not illegal, but the content that you download using it MAY be illegal depending on the nature of copyright.
Coming to the topic, there are several bittorrent clients available for desktop platform, but the choice isn’t that wide when it comes to mobile devices. Android being an open source operating system is equipped with freedom unlike iOS and other platforms, and taking advantage of that freedom, uTorrent, the most popular torrent client is now available for Android.
The Android version of uTorrent works just like how it does on desktop platforms. I’ll be doing a quick review of the app.
Adding and managing torrents: Currently, the app is in beta stage, meaning you can expect to face some bugs in the interface, but my experience was pretty smooth. Within the app, you can search for torrent files using which you can actually download the required content, however, when you perform a search within the app, it opens up a browser window and does a Google search, so you can save some time for yourself by searching the torrent on google beforehand and opening it on uTorrent.
When you open a torrent file using the app, it will ask you for location where it can save the file. Once you give the folder location detail, you’ll see the progress bar along with details such as transfer rate and ETA. Tapping an active torrent reveals options using which you can start/pause, see the containing files, or just delete the torrent file.
Free content: Torrent protocol is definitely illegal if you download pirated apk files of paid apps or any other copyrighted content. There are legal files available in torrent world too, and uTorrent has something called ”BitTorrent Featured Content section” where they have highlighted bands and artists who have made tracks available for free. You can also add RSS subscription URL in order to keep an eye on new releases from your favorite torrent source.
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