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July 17, 2013

BitTorrent Sync enables peer-to-peer file synching on Android

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BitTorrent may be one of the most recognized names in peer-to-peer file-sharing, but the cloud storage cartel of Dropbox, SkyDrive, and others have come into play for backing up and sharing large files. BiTorrent Sync is attempting to make torrents a more effective method for sharing data, and a new beta app for Android is now available to push those efforts.

 

Description
BitTorrent Sync is a brand new product from BitTorrent that lets you sync an unlimited number of files and folders of any size across all of your trusted devices. BitTorrent Sync for Android gives you access to all of your synced folders when you’re on the go, and introduces a new mobile-to-mobile sharing feature for easily sending your photos and videos to your friends.

Features:

  • Access all your Sync folders and files from your Android device.
  • Add photos, videos, and other files from your Android device to any of your Sync folders.
  • Quickly and easily send photos, videos, and other files from your Android device directly to your friend’s mobile device using BitTorrent Sync mobile-to-mobile sending.
  • Automatically backup photos from your mobile phone to a folder on your computer.
  • File transfers are encrypted and protected by private keys.
  • Your information is never stored on a server in the cloud.
  • Connecting the Android application to other Sync folders is as easy as taking a picture of a QR code with your camera.

Please note that BitTorrent Sync is a personal file syncing application. It is not compatible with torrent file sharing applications.

BitTorrent Sync for Android is not compatible with Intel Atom-based devices and is compatible with BitTorrent Sync for desktop version 1.1.27 or later. If you don’t already have this version, you can download it here: http://labs.bittorrent.com/experiments/sync.html.

BitTorrent Sync is a free service that supports file synchronization between computers. It’s designed to help small groups – office workers, music collaborators, filmmakers, students, and so on – share large files with minimal effort. BitTorrent Sync works by allowing computers to share files easily, so someone recording video and storing it on their Windows XP or newer computer at work could have the same files available on a Mac OS 10.6 or newer computer at home. Of course, computer synching without a mobile alternative is not ideal in today’s climate, so BitTorrent Sync’s arrival on Android seems like a no brainer.
Android users are the first to gain access to BitTorrent Sync through a beta that launched today. An iOS sync client is in the cards, but it’s not available yet. The Android client supports file backups to a phone or tablet, saving mobile photos to a desktop, and sharing files with friends. A SyncArchive feature provides version history so users can access previous versions of a particular file.

Most people rely on Dropbox, Google Drive, or SkyDrive to achieve these same goals. BitTorrent claims using the cloud is slow but I rarely have an issue in delay of seeing my files go from phone to cloud to computer or vice versa. Like many others, I see the cloud as a benefit and a solid backup plan, but BitTorrent Sync proposes that P2P makes more sense because it is faster and does not place storage limits on how much data can be transferred or stored. Users can download the beta app for their Android phones or tablets and compare notes to see which is best.

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Source: BitTorrent

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Dave Thornton

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Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini