App Review: Torrent-Fu For Android

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Smart phones are a man-on-the-go’s best friend. They bring you the newspaper when you ask and can guide you to a cup of coffee. If you have thoughts while you’re out and about, there are note apps. But if you think of a torrent while you’re away from your computer, you don’t necessarily want to jot it down and start it later; you’d much rather it be ready when you get home!

Torrent-fu has Android users (sorry, iPhoners) covered, given that you use a uTorrent or Transmission client on your computer. After setup, which is admittedly pretty involved, you’re all set to download torrents until your heart’s content. Torrent-fu allows you to search from your Android device, pulling results from ISO Hunt, The Pirate Bay, and Kick Ass Torrents.

If that’s not enough, you can even add other torrent providers via the app. When you click on a search result, you can send the torrent file to your remote machine so that it may download there. By setting up multiple profiles, you can send different files to different machines. Through the “Manage” option, you can view the status of your downloads as well as pause/resume, stop, and even remove the files from that remote machine. Possibly one of the coolest features in my opinion is the ability to search for a torrent by scanning a barcode.

Once you get past its setup, Torrent-Fu is a pretty simple app. You find a torrent, select it, and it begins to download remotely. What other torrent-downloader apps do you run on your smartphone? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Android Market Link: Torrent-Fu (Free)

Eric has been writing since 2000, covering topics from computers to phones to cars for various websites. He studied computer science and photography at Olivet Nazarene University and has more than 10 years in the information-technology field. He will be primarily covering the Android niche of mobile phones for pinglio.