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

Download FrostWire 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.

New FrostWire 6.0.6 out for Windows, Mac and Linux

Download from FrostWire’s Official Website
Download Binaries and Source from Github
Download from SourceForge.net

Changelog

frostwire (6.0.6) stable; urgency=high
* Fixes bug where default save location for torrents would not be accounted for.
* New: When changing default save location, any ongoing torrent transfers are
moved to the new location.
* Romanian and Finnish translation updates.
* New: Option to turn off Bittorrent DHT.
* YT search upgrades.
* New: Supports shortened y2u.be url searches.
* OSX: When shutting down to start the installer for an update
now the window is focused to make sure the user doesn’t get lost during the
update process.

— FrostWire Team Thu, 17 February 2015 14:44:30 -0500

Join the FrostWire development community, earn bitcoins.

Students worldwide, join the FrostWire peer to peer development community

Hello my name is Angel Leon and I’m the co-founder and lead developer of FrostWire.

FrostWire is an open source file sharing client and media player that was created initially as a fork of LimeWire once the freedom of information sharing on the peer to peer network was threatened.

Today I want to invite you to collaborate with our project and help us build the peer to peer technologies that will help decentralize the internet of today and tomorrow.

Here at FrostWire we believe it is a human right to have uncensored access to information and culture, and despite the negative stigmas associated with file sharing technologies we should always work to preserve open uncensorable channels to share information and culture.

Peer to peer information sharing protocols like BitTorrent enable us to do this, and we need help specially from young students with fresh new ideas on how to build the next generation file sharing technologies that will keep mankind connected and free to know the truth.

FrostWire as it is today consists of several different open source projects, frostwire-desktop: our client for Windows, Mac and Linux computers; frostwire-android: our android client, frostwire-jlibtorrent: our bittorrent libraries based on the awesome open source libtorrent project and frostwire-common a project with libraries shared among all the other projects.

We are looking for students or people eager to learn what it’s like to create real world massive use software in an Open Source community environment.

We are looking for people that care about our same ideals and the possible applications of p2p technologies to not just enable free uncensored information access for file sharing, publishing and communication, but also create technologies to level the playing fields on markets currently ruled and limited by media monopolies and archaic payment networks.

We need talented programmers with a passion for simple, clean, efficient code and design, eager to always put their best efforts into every contribution so that our code base has no “broken windows” at any time.

Students looking to learn object oriented programming to the fullest will find FrostWire a very fullfilling playground.

Know-how in peer to peer networking is a plus but it can be gained by collaborating with the project.

Experience in the areas of networking (TCP/UDP) will be of help but are not necessary to contribute as FrostWire is much more than just file transfering, it must deal with problems like search, file management, media playback and user experience.

The languages used in the project are mostly Java (most of the project is written in Java, specially the android version) and C/C++ (in case we need to go down and fix/extend libtorrent and mplayer). Knowing scripting languages such as Python/Ruby/Bash will help you build tools and tests and are a nice plus.

We need passionate graphic and user experience designers to help us better the way users interact with our different products, our user interfaces is constantly changing and we want to adapt the desktop version to new design trends and hardware devices (how will you use file sharing with augmented reality?)

We need translators in every language to help maintain the ever changing messages presented to users.

We need testers that can help us find and reproduce bugs before we ship new versions of the software, if you can code and maintain automated tests that will be a great way to get familiar with the code base.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED?

FrostWire is an open source project, this means you don’t need to ask permission to start fixing what bothers you, you just need to clone our repositories, and start working on issues that may bother you, or on any of the existing issues published on our bug tracker.

Each one of the projects is periodically funded with Bitcoins that come from the donations sent by our users, this way if one of your patches gets merged into the master branch you will immediatly receive 1% of what’s left on the fund, we try to keep funds so that these tips range from $5 to $20 (depending on the current Bitcoin price and fund availability)

Harder issues to solve also have bounties, they can be FrostWire gear, or anywhere from $25, $50, $100 or even more depending on the complexity of the problem to solve and the funds available at the time.

Join us, let’s make software that gets used by tens of millions of people, you will be surprised to find out what you’re able to do and how many people you can impact in a very short amount of time.

Community members who are proven to collaborate with true passion and talent, to the point that they’re trusted enough to have direct commit privileges on the project will be considered for partial or remote full time hiring.

FrostWire is a decentralized project in every aspect, our headquarters is the internet and everyone is free to work on it remotely from where it’s most convenient.

FROSTWIRE LAB PROJECTS:

There are many projects we’d like to get started but we can’t do it without you, if our existing projects don’t excite you perhaps the following list will:

BitTorrent based web: Let’s create a web browser and web publishing tools that leverages the power of Bittorrent to let anybody publish uncensorable content online.

BitTorrent + Bitcoin file transfers. Let’s implement a proof of concept inside FrostWire that allows anybody to sell content online without centralized entities. Let’s enable book authors, musicians, film makers and photographers to publish content on the network that is downloadable for Bitcoins, the author decides to share a percentage of every sale with honest seeders willing to help distribute the content. (See Bitcoin payment channels for escrow-less payments)

New FrostWire 6.0.5 for Desktop out, fixes YouTube search issues and a lot more.

Download FrostWire 6.0.5 now

frostwire (6.0.5) stable; urgency=high
  * Fixes out of memory crash and freeze when importing lots of songs from the FrostWire
    library to iTunes.
  * Removed Litecoin and Dogecoin from torrent creation dialog, Bitcoin and payment
    urls only. Litecoin and Dogecoin are pretty much dead compared to Bitcoin.
  * Remove Download and Data now enabled for http downloads too.
  * Fixes possible errors for SoundCloud downloads.
  * Updates on Hungarian and Romanian translations.
  * Fixes YT search issues.
  * New mplayer binaries with HTTPS support.
        
 -- FrostWire Team   Wed, 28 January 2015 14:18:12 -0500

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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 1.4.4 build 169 for Android available today

Get FrostWire for Android Now

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Get specific binaries for your CPU architecture on Github
(arm, arm64, x86, x86_64 mips, mips64 .apks available)

Lots of fixes for performance, stability and better user experience await on this new update. If you were having issues with YouTube search this release fixes these issues and others.

Here is the full changelog for FrostWire 1.4.4 build 168 for Android.

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FrostWire 1.4.4 - JANUARY/29/2015
- Finished transfers no longer should show as paused.
- Fixes issue adding a whole torrent after having added a single
file belonging to that same torrent to transfers. Now the whole
torrent will be downloaded as expected.
- Fixes Out of memory errors on MobileCore library.
- Fixes possible crash when exiting the app right after launching it.
- If storage location has ran out of space available FrostWire
will show a descriptive error message explaining why the download
has failed.
- Removes free apps ads from home page and sticky ads on transfer screens.
- Fixes issue where toast about shared file would not go away.
- Fixes settings screen issue where some android devices would automatically
toggle the BitTorrent connection.
- Fixes issues with YouTube search.
- Urdu translation started.

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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.