uTorrent for Android is being developed - No ETA yet

Despite various legislation acts to protect digital copyright, file sharing is a big part of our generation and the freedom of information is what keeps businesses and user-bases well informed. 

According to TorrentFreak, uTorrent developers have begun developing an Android version of the most popular BitTorrent client. This isn't the uTorrent Remote app that lets you control your file sharing on your computer – This is the real deal. Torrenting on your phone might sound far-fetched, but when you think about devices like the Asus Transformer Prime and devices with 16GB internal or external memory, the prospect of downloading large media files for the device may be more appealing.

While Android users may eventually enjoy uTorrent on their smartphone and tablets in the future, for iOS fans there is little hope that there will ever be a native uTorrent application. Apple notoriously bans all applications that have anything to do with BitTorrent. This is because, the company argues that BitTorrent is often used to infringe copyrights and believe that such applications are a no-go for the App Store. Google and its Android brand seems to understand that the freedom of information should be free and has given this application the all-clear for now. Although it's exciting to hear news regarding the first mobile BitTorrent client, BitTorrent (the owners of uTorrent) said that they “don't yet have an ETA.”

We’ll keep you posted, when we hear more on this topic.

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I hate the Bittorent inc. and the uTorrent software. Spyware+toobars+bloatware+adware. Die MF. DIE.

Deluge Transmisson etc. ... much better than this ****.

Namelesske said,
I hate the Bittorent inc. and the uTorrent software. Spyware+toobars+bloatware+adware. Die MF. DIE.

Deluge Transmisson etc. ... much better than this ****.


What the **** are you saying?
It has NONE of that.

Well... I don't know what the bandwidth plans are like now (in the usa) , but I get 12gb a month and I am sharing data with my tablet with multi sim. I use about 2gb a week on 3G on just the tablet. Utorrent is out of the question on 3G and really no point on wifi since I have a laptop at home that can download torrents when needed.

A lot of comments about bandwidth, etc... The biggest problem is the number of connections that torrents create, that saturate routers.

The other problem is the way torrents work, they are fairly easy to detect on a home networks that have a lot of systems, and much easier to detect on a phone, with the cell providers just terminating the data connection for congestion reasons.

The existing Android torrent apps work 'ok' on WiFi, but eat eat the heck out of a battery, and if users are at home, they are far better off using their PC.

With more 'legal' channels for content like Netflix, Spotify, etc, the need for illegal torrents is slowly drying up.

The legitimate 'uses' for torrents are tiny and easily supplanted by Cloud Apps and online sharing and syncing. If you are sharing legal data, you are far better off just using the SkyDrive App or one of the 1000 Dropbox apps.

WTF!? Hold on let me suck more bandwidth from Verizon's network and they have more reason to raise my price for my package and give me slower speeds and less reliability... WTF!!!!

sava700 said,
WTF!? Hold on let me suck more bandwidth from Verizon's network and they have more reason to raise my price for my package and give me slower speeds and less reliability... WTF!!!!

Yeah, god forbid someone might use all the bandwidth they pay for.. that is like totally unacceptable.

Nogib said,
WHY would I ever need this for my phone?????????? If I need to torrent anything, uTorrent Remote ftw.

That is about as far as I would go when it comes to torrents on the mobile device.

UndergroundWire said,
I will probably never use it. a) I don't want to get flagged by my carrier and b) This opens to some malware on Android. Just saying.

Malware isn't just going to "appear" on an android device.... you've still got to download it and install it for it to be on there.

kiwi89 said,

Malware isn't just going to "appear" on an android device.... you've still got to download it and install it for it to be on there.

You obviously don't read the headline news much these days. We all know that torrents are a good way to get a virus on your computer if one does not investigate it properly. The mobile is a very convenient way for people like you to get lazy and just click. And quite recently the discovery of malware from Facebook when downloaded will automatically install without asking the user. In any case, I'm glad I'm here to educate you just a little bit.

http://techcrunch.com/2012/02/...re-uses-facebook-to-spread/

P.S. The headline in that article is so ridiculous. I wonder if the person that wrote that article writes for this site as well? Misinformation at its best.

ya no doubt osm0sis
and the first thing i thought is "how much ?"

First buy somone else's project and bloat the hell out of it
and then start charging money for it.

Not a lot of respect here for people that convert freeware to shareware

And torrent clients on any cell phone just sounds bloody stupid to me

I already have a torrent client on my iPod Touch called iTransmission! In order to install it you have to jailbreak it & add the ability to install unsigned apps, (cuz iTransmission is an unsigned app,) but, whatever...

MASTER260 said,
I already have a torrent client on my iPod Touch called iTransmission! In order to install it you have to jailbreak it & add the ability to install unsigned apps, (cuz iTransmission is an unsigned app,) but, whatever...
Meanwhile Android users will just visit the official Market, punch in uTorrent, download and run. Easy.

Jamushroom said,
Who needs a Torrent client on their mobile phone? I don't understand this one bit.

Exactly. Some moron is going to download this on his phone, forget he's connected to the Cellular Internet and not wifi and get a bill for $20,000 and go crying to the cell provider.

Edited by warwagon, Feb 26 2012, 10:45pm :

That, plus it just doesn't make any sense. A phone still isn't a PC even though you can do similar things on them these days.

I just can't wrap my head around it to why one would want/need a torrent client on their phone

warwagon said,

Exactly. Some moron is going to download this on his phone, forget he's connected to the Cellular Internet and not wifi and get a bill for $20,000 and go crying to the cell provider.

far-fetched? I was downloading torrents on my HTC Desire back in June 2010! I used a different app, but I was still downloading torrents. I also got usenet working on that phone...

So none of this is "new", it's just a better known app creating an Android version, nothing more.

JustinN said,
far-fetched? I was downloading torrents on my HTC Desire back in June 2010! I used a different app, but I was still downloading torrents. I also got usenet working on that phone...

So none of this is "new", it's just a better known app creating an Android version, nothing more.

Ya, this is not news for Android... It is also not 'news' for smartphones.

PocketPC (Windows Mobile) had torrent Apps around 10 years ago. I know for sure in 2005, I had something like WinMobile Torrent that wasn't new then, and worked on early PocketPC phones.

Sadly people seem to associate Android with being 'freeing' and opening up phones to new Apps and new usage concepts easily. It is only 'freeing' compared to the iPhone, and still lags behind some of the basic Apps and Windows Mobile features that were available in 2002 for phones via PocketPC/Windows Mobile. A rich/diverse framework trumps OSS every time.

This is why I love Android: no ristrictions on the market!
Finally some use for the super amounts of bandwith i get from my carrier.

Edited by Lee G., Feb 26 2012, 10:43pm :

Renvy said,
This is why I love Android: no ristrictions on the market!
Finally some use for the super amounts of bandwith i get from my carrier.

No restrictions except most console emulators :'(. I feel bad for iOS users that are in-need of a BitTorrent client now.

Edited by Lee G., Feb 26 2012, 10:06pm :

You do realize the vast majority of carriers (even the unlimited ones) will throttle your speed once you transfer enough right? They may not even state it in their contract since you're still technically getting unlimited data.

For example, my plan is unlimited but once I go above 5gb I get throttled to Edge speeds.

While limits and throttling sucks, they're becoming more and more a reality with more carriers joining in.

Razorfolds said,
You do realize the vast majority of carriers (even the unlimited ones) will throttle your speed once you transfer enough right? They may not even state it in their contract since you're still technically getting unlimited data.

For example, my plan is unlimited but once I go above 5gb I get throttled to Edge speeds.

While limits and throttling sucks, they're becoming more and more a reality with more carriers joining in.


Well let's just say I have a good carrier. Speeds are mostly 50 kbps.

Razorfolds said,
You do realize the vast majority of carriers ... will throttle your speed once you transfer enough right?
You do realise that most people will use their Wireless networks and not mobile data, right?

You do realize that I was replying to his original comment:

Finally some use for the super amounts of bandwith i get from my carrier.

right?

Renvy said,
This is why I love Android: no ristrictions on the market!
Finally some use for the super amounts of bandwith i get from my carrier.

*Looks at torrentula on ipod 2g with iOS 2.2.1 and ipod 4g with iOS 5.0.1*
Oh wait, we've had it years longer than you, trolololololol

Edited by Lee G., Feb 26 2012, 10:29pm :

Razorfolds said,
You do realize that I was replying to his original comment:
right?
Yes, and you do realise you made a general statement by saying "vast majority of carriers", hence I pointed out the fact people probably wouldn't use their mobile carriers, right?

n_K said,

*Looks at torrentula on ipod 2g with iOS 2.2.1 and ipod 4g with iOS 5.0.1*
Oh wait, we've had it years longer than you, trolololololol

Bitch Please....
Have fun jailbreaking you're iPod everytime you're iOs gets upgraded while I have a one click install of aBtc torrent client. µTorrent isn't the first you know.

n_K said,

*Looks at torrentula on ipod 2g with iOS 2.2.1 and ipod 4g with iOS 5.0.1*
Oh wait, we've had it years longer than you, trolololololol

Maybe. But that isn't uTorrent so it's irrelevant.

n_K said,

*Looks at torrentula on ipod 2g with iOS 2.2.1 and ipod 4g with iOS 5.0.1*
Oh wait, we've had it years longer than you, trolololololol

And SymTorrent is available for Symbian since Oct 2006.

Renvy said,
This is why I love Android: no ristrictions on the market!
Finally some use for the super amounts of bandwith i get from my carrier.

No restrictions, Um, you might want to recheck that fact.

Also why the love for Android on this? The low 'checking' of the market and the security model of Android leaves the door wide open for malware on many levels. (It makes Windows XP in 2001 look like fort knox.)

Also, the love towards Android in the 'freedom' it allows is a bit misguided. iPhone users have been unlocking their phones for years, and it is easy to unlock a WP7 phone, and load whatever you want on it as well.
(And going back to security, with an unlocked WP7 device, as long as you are only loading 'Apps', even if they are malware, they are isolated and can't harm anything.)

liju said,

And SymTorrent is available for Symbian since Oct 2006.

Indeed i had that on my N95, however Symbian is basically dead on high end smart phones.

Wombatt said,
Just taken them 7 years! xD

Haha exactly! I mean I have been using aDownloader on my phone for a while now.