New FrostWire 1.5.3 build 186 for Android fixes crashes, lollipop issues and makes Bitsnoop search faster

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Image of FrostWire for Android searching for the Creative Commons licensed Downtown Podcast, results appear to come from YouTube. This is a screenshot of FrostWire Plus. If you click or touch this image you will be redirected to the FrostWire Plus download page at FrostWire.com where you can get the .apk file

Changelog:
FrostWire 1.5.3 – APRIL/23/2015
– Crash fixes.
– Reduced installer size to 7.6 MB.
– Lollipop compatibility fixes.
– Bitsnoop search faster for individual files.
– Binary Optimizations.
– libtorrent updates.
– Spanish, Portuguese, Polish translation updates.

FrostWire is a file sharing and media player application, it features high performance BitTorrent client, YouTube downloader, Soundcloud downloader, Archive.org downloader, Bittorrent search (searches torrents and individual files in torrents) as well as a full featured music player and file browser. Search, Download and Play in one place. Absolutely free.

New FrostWire 1.5.2 for Android with improved Search experience.

Download FrostWire Plus 1.5.2 (absolutely Free!)

After we had to remove YouTube search from the FrostWire version distributed on Google Play, aka “FrostWire Basic”, we heard your complains loud and clear.

As a first solution, we created a “FrostWire Plus” distribution that has all the features you were used to and we made it available on our website.

For those users that simply won’t bother to get out of Google Play to get an app we had to make things better with respect to torrent search, FrostWire 1.5.2 is a first step on that direction.

FrostWire Basic users should feel a big difference when searching once they upgrade to 1.5.2.

An Improved Search Experience

In the past, as you searched, FrostWire would make very intensive use of your network resources, it’d try to query the DHT for every candidate torrent, download the torrent, parse the torrent and apply matching heuristics to show you relevant search results.

As of 1.5.2 we’ve started searching for more information about the torrents contents right from the search sources search results, this means, in some instances almost immediate individual files appearing on search results and much needed freeing the DHT network of millions of searches a day.

As a result to your experience, not only you get faster search results, but when you start a download it will take less to get started as FrostWire is not busy talking to hundreds of peers on the network.

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Also we’ve included some user interface upgrades that can help make your search more streamlined in case you’re not finding what you’re looking for. FrostWire will now show you search suggestions based on what you’ve entered, basically showing you reduced versions of your previous search, so you don’t have to manually delete words, now you can just push a button to try an alternate more general search which will increase your chances of finding relevant content.

Changelog

FrostWire 1.5.2 – APRIL/17/2015
– Significant improvements in search results for individual files.
– Significant reduction of DHT queries, freeing up networking resources.
– Faster torrent download start.
– Fixes download error on some Archive.org search results.
– When no search results are found, search suggestions are calculated from search keywords.
– Fixes Yify search.
– Icon/buttons refresh on transfer screen.
– Fixes issues with SD Card storage on Android 5.0 (Lollipop)
– FrostWire notification icon now Lollipop compatible.

New FrostWire 6.0.7 out, now with Preview while you download

Download FrostWire 6.0.7 for Windows
Download FrostWire 6.0.7 for MacOSX
Download FrostWire 6.0.7 for Linux

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One of the most requested features after Gnutella support was dropped over BitTorrent has been the ability to Preview the contents of a media file while it’s being downloaded. As of 6.0.7 FrostWire tries its best to collect download data to let you preview the file while it’s still being downloaded while not hurting the performance of the torrent’s swarm (sequenced piece fetching is done only for a very limited time or data amount depending on the download’s characteristics, once enough pieces are in for a preview the torrent resumes non-sequence downloading mode).

Download Previews are also available for most cloud (http) downloads.

Several search engine providers were fixed, including TPB and KAT, along with numerous upgrades and optimizations, including a refresh with the latest updates from the libtorrent project to make the torrent downloading experience the best out there.

Full Changelog
frostwire (6.0.7) stable; urgency=high
* New feature: Preview while you download.
* Memory and CPU savings when parsing search results on some search engines.
* BTJunkie fixed.
* TPB search fixed.
* KAT search fixed.
* Monova search fixed.
* Fixes bug where soundcloud, archive.org audio downloads would not be automatically
be scanned by iTunes.
* Croatian translation updates.
* Torrent creation and parsing now done using frostwire-jlibtorrent api. More
Azureus cleanups.
* Fixes run on startup issue on Windows. Thanks to @win32re.
* Upgraded java virtual machine to 1.8.0_40 with hundreds of fixes and upgrades.
* Upgraded H2 database engine.
* Upgraded frostwire-jlibtorrent to the latest code from libtorrent.
* UX-improvement: A repeated search will honor active search engines.

— FrostWire Team <contact@frostwire.com> Wed, 08 April 2015 22:24:00 -0500

FrostWire is a free, open source BitTorrent client first released in September 2004, as a fork of LimeWire. It was initially very similar to LimeWire in appearance and functionality, but over time developers added more features, including BitTorrent support. In version 5, Gnutella support was dropped entirely, and FrostWire is only a BitTorrent client. Development of the program has been active since the program was first released in September 2004.

New FrostWire for Android 1.5.0

Download FrostWire for Android 1.5.0

This new FrostWire for Android release includes the latest improvements from libtorrent to make BitTorrent downloading faster and more energy efficient than ever.

TPB, BTJunkie, KAT and Monova search sources have been fixed for much better search results.

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FrostWire for Android now recognizes Bitcoin and web tipping/donation addresses on compatible .torrents

Several bugs and crashes on the music player were fixed, and the Chinese, Polish and Spanish translations of the app were updated.

Users getting the app on Google Play will know that YouTube search has been disabled in order to comply with Google Developer Rules, those users looking for a full version of the app can download “FrostWire Plus” at frostwire.com/android

FrostWire 1.5.0 – APRIL/03/2015

– Upgraded frostwire-jlibtorrent to the latest code from libtorrent.
– TPB, BTJunkie, KAT, Monova searches fixed.
– Users can now donate to torrent creators, both Fiat and Bitcoin when available.
– New Bittorrent setting to enable/disable DHT connectivity.
– YouTube search disabled for Google Play distribution.
– Fixes annoying bug where user would be notified for old finished downloads.
– Fixes bug where songs that were deleted were not being cleared from playlists.
– Fixes bug where removing last song from Favorites playlist would not clear.
– Fixes bug where it would show “Play All” menu action on empty playlists.
– Fixes bug where sharing on WiFi from certain 3rd-party file explorers wouldn’t work.
– Fixes bug where file descriptors fetched by content:// uris wouldn’t have a disk path available.
– Fixes 2 crashes on music player.
– Chinese, Polish, Spanish translations update.

FrostWire now back on Google Play

Yesterday FrostWire was temporarily removed from the Google Play Store and is now back up after a new stripped down version without YouTube got approved by the Google compliance team.

FrostWire.com and other App Stores will still distribute the full featured version, now dubbed FrostWire Plus.

With recent stability fixes FrostWire for Android has climbed all the way up to #30th on the Google Play’s Top Free Android Apps and was holding strong for weeks! Yesterday, April 2nd 2015, after an app review (probably prompted by the spike in user interest and app ratings), Google decided to remove it from the Google Play store.

We’ve received this email:

Google Play FrostWire Removal Notice Email

Google Play FrostWire Removal Notice Email

We were informed that FrostWire for Android distributed via Google Play can no longer have YouTube as one of its search result and download sources, as this functionality is not compliant with the YouTube Terms of Service and therefore the Google Play Developer Distribution Agreement. We decided to remove this capability in order to adhere to Google Rules and continue to distribute and market our application on the Google Play Store.
Today, after submitting the stripped down FrostWire app, it passed the compliance review and it is back on the Google Play store. It took a little more than a day but we are happy to be back!


What does it all mean in practice?

Users downloading FrostWire from the Google Play store will receive the basic app version without YouTube as one of the search sources. All other features will not be affected. Depending on what keywords a user enters, he or she might get slightly less search results and therefore options for files to download.

We are already working on including more search sources, both BitTorrent and cloud based to offset the loss of YouTube content and will be still offering the full version – now named FrostWire Plus, on our homepage and in other App Stores.
Stay tuned for more updates shortly!

FrostWire for Android reaches Top 30th Best Free App on Google Play, 1st Free App in Media & Video

We are very excited to share that FrostWire for Android has just reached the Top 30th Best Free Apps on Google Play!

It has proudly outranked apps like Twitter, Hulu, Vine or Angry Birds and it might be still climbing the charts. We wanted to thank all the users who supported us throughout the years, submitted bug reports or donated to the project, we couldn’t have done it without you.

FrostWire Top 30 Free App on Google Play

FrostWire was the first peer-2-peer file sharing application on the Android Market. We published our first, very basic version in December of 2010. Back then our smart phones were not so smart, and definitely not as fast as they are now, but we did it and it worked!

“The app we dreamed about back in 2010 is finally here”

Even though very ugly, the alpha and beta versions could search & download and even browse local files to then share with other FrostWire users. The early adopters quickly discovered the app and our user base kept steadily climbing over the years while we kept improving.

Early FrostWire for Android circa 2010

Early FrostWire for Android circa 2010

Today FrostWire for Android is a native BitTorrent client and cloud downloader with built-in search and multiple downloading options. It not only has a built-in media browser & music player, but also features newly integrated fully featured music library for easier file consumption.  With in-app Wi-Fi sharing, it also allows users to wirelessly transfer files between FrostWire enabled devices on the same local network.

The app we dreamed about back in 2010 is finally here, the app that let’s you Search, Download, Play and Share files easily, from one place has become a reality.

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On top of all that functionality, we now also have a world-class UI and graphic design courtesy of @marcelinkaaa.

FrostWire Search

Search

FrostWire Download Transfers

  Download

FrostWire Play

Play

FrostWire Share

  Share

All the recent improvements didn’t go unnoticed. As more and as more users tried the app & kept it, rating FrostWire five starts thousands of times, it has climbed up to the Top 100 Free Apps on the Google Play Market.

Today it has reached # 30 and it might not be done climbing yet!

If you’ve been a desktop user and you don’t have it on your phone yet, download it now – we truly think you will love it! And if you are on an iPhone, well… just switch to Android so you can continue torrenting on the go.

Let’s bring a simple, enjoyable and seamless torrent experience to the masses, this time on mobile!

FrostWire 1.4.9 for Android

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CHANGELOG

FrostWire 1.4.9 – MARCH/03/2015
– New KAT search.
– Fixed BTJunkie search issues causing ANR crashes.
– Fixed Mininova search. Few results coming in due to low seed numbers.
– Removed Appia Search.
– Clean up: Removed Appia, RevMob, Google In-App purchasing libraries.
– Updated Croatian translation. Thanks @win32re.
– Refactors, cleanup, misc fixes.

Photo: Devyn Rose wearing the FrostWire Tee.