What’s new in FrostWire 1.5.8 for Android

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FrostWire 1.5.8 – JUNE/16/2015
– Search performance improvements.
– Issues where subsequent searches would stop working fixed.
– TorLock search fixed.
– Added SSL (https) support for torrent web seeds.
– Icons/graphics update.
– New ‘Rate us’ reminder notification.
– WiFi sharing functionality removed. Less than 0.2% of the user
base making use of this, despite multiple rewrites we never
managed to get it to work 100% of the time.
– frostwire-jlibtorrent library updates.

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Write runtime libtorrent plugins with Java using frostwire-jlibtorrent #FrostWireLabs

We’ve just pushed upgrades to the frostwire-jlibtorrent API that will allow developers to extend and interact the Bittorrent protocol at a lower level through the implementation of libtorrent plugins.

Before today, a libtorrent plugin developer had to code plugins in C++ and rebuild the libtorrent library binaries for the architectures on which the plugin was meant to be used.

We think that non-bittorrent higher level abstractions (e.g. Bitcoin+Bittorrent integration) that need to occur near the core of the bittorrent protocol can be more easily coded, tested and debugged in a language like Java, without having to touch nor recompile the libtorrent libraries.

Today we’ve made available a new portion of the frostwire-jlibtorrent API that allows you to do this without all the C++ development headaches, you just focus on your plugin logic, and your code will also be available in all platforms with the same .class files.

Here’s an example of a dummy libtorrent Plugin implemented in Java using frostwire-jlibtorrent

To create a Plugin all you need to do is extend the AbstractPlugin class, whose newTorrent method will ask you to provide a TorrentPlugin interface implementation, this is meant to be a plugin instance that takes care of what happens when a torrent is added to the libtorrent session.

We provide an AbstractTorrentPlugin class for you to extend and as you do this you may or may not need to provide your own implementation of the TorrentPlugin::newPeerConnection method, which is meant to return a PeerPlugin, a plugin instance that takes care of what happens for every Peer connection, where probably most of your plugin logic will occur. We also provide an AbstractPeerPlugin implementation that you can extend.

Once you have your plugin ready to go, you can add it to the session with session.addExtension(myPlugin) and all torrents added to the session will invoke hooks that could be handled by your plugin implementations.

New FrostWire 6.0.8 for Windows, Mac and Linux

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We’ve now made it so that individual search results out of torrents come to you a lot faster than before, all the while using significantly less connections to the DHT.

This translates in faster search experience, more search results, and torrents being fetched and started faster than before.

These and lots of other stability and experience fixes make the new FrostWire 6.0.8 the best version ever, now with Preview while you download.

Full Changelog

frostwire (6.0.8) stable; urgency=high
* Significant improvements in search result availability.
* Faster Bitsnoop, Extratorrent and KAT individual file search results.
* Reduced use of DHT network for search.
* Faster torrent download start time.
* Fixes download error on some Archive.org search results.
* Fixes Yify search.
* Misc fixes in Library functionality.
* Crash fixes.

— FrostWire Team <contact@frostwire.com> Fri, 24 April 2015 04:44:00 -0500

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

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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.

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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

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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.