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FrostWire for Android combines a BitTorrent smart search aggregator with a Wi-Fi sharing platform and basic media player, which provides more functionality than torrent apps like uTorrent or BitTorrent, but overall lower performance.
Great for music lovers: FrostWire for Android offers music recommendations, enabling you to download albums from interesting artists with just one tap. The powerful music search feature and the integrated music player further increase the appeal of this app for music lovers.
Handy file-sharing: You can share files on your device locally with other users with just a few taps. If you have a good connection, the sharing is quite quick.
Built-in torrents search feature: While most P2P apps require that you use your Web browser to grab torrent files before any content files can be downloaded, this one has an integrated search bar that you can use to search for specific file types, including Music, Films, and Torrents. However, this search function is far from perfect, as you'll see below.
Unreliable torrents search feature: When you try searching sites like Isohunt or PirateBay, the search takes well over a minute on average, and often fails to provide conclusive results.
Slow performance: Although we've tested this app on a good connection, the overall download speed and system performance for all types of downloads, from MP3s to movie files, proved consistently slow.
Unengaging interface: Apart from the main window, which highlights recommended artists, the app looks rather drab compared to other P2P apps available, featuring plain icons and a rather dull color scheme.
FrostWire for Android brings you a media player and local file transfers -- features that other P2P apps don't have -- but suffers because of its unreliable torrents search. Still, you should give this app a go, especially if you constantly download music and want to discover new artists. If torrents are your favorites, however, you'll be better off trying one of the more popular P2P apps out there.
Cloud Media Search Agent, BitTorrent Smart Search Aggregator, Media Player, File Browser, Wi-Fi file sharing client/servent to share files with other Androids, PCs and Macs with no setup, just fire the app, share your files and start streaming and downloading.
What's new in this version:
- User interface redesign.
- Faster Search results and downloads (up to 10x faster, including special character support)
- New music player
- Easier and more reliable WiFi sharing controls.
- Choose where to store your files.
- Seed only on Wi-Fi, save money on your data plan.
- Share and browse files with desktops and laptops running FrostWire on Windows, Mac and Linux via WiFi.
- Stream music to FrostWire for Desktop 5.3+
- New Media player status bar fo... See all new features »