FrostWire for Android allows you to search, browse and even share files locally and over the Internet using a Wi-Fi connection.
The RIAA finally managed to shutdown LimeWire recently, but a new Android app from FrostWire proves how hallow that victory really is.
Unlike the desktop version of FrostWire which uses both the Gnutella and BitTorrent protocols to download content, FrostWire for Android uses a new P2P protocol called “MetaFrost” which it says is “slowly evolving on every release and which has been designed with mobility and limited resources in mind.”
FrostWire for Android allows you to search, browse and even share files locally and over the Internet using a Wi-Fi connection in a P2P fashion. Unfortunately FrostWire for Android does not work over 3G, the reason being that it wants to guarantee decent speeds and a reliable connection from most of the peers on the network.
Some of the features include:
- Search files in up to millions of devices.
- Browse the files of your closest peers.
- Download and offer files (your own and from others).
- Publish files to your favorite Social Networks.
- Public P2P Chatroom with file sharing features.
- Send private messages with attached files.
- Absolute control of what you share.
- Browse and rename your own files.
The FrostWire for Android developers say where it’ll get really interesting is when people start using the program for close range file-sharing, like at a coffee shop or at the library.
“Groups of Friends and family sitting at the dinner table in a restaurant who are usually ‘texting’, tweeting and being disconnected from what’s in front of them,” it says. “Now they have another way to interact with the people in front of them, they can exchange pictures, videos of earlier in the day and not be so technologically alienated. No need to have a rain check on that video you recorded of your friends hours earlier in the club, you can exchange the recently recorded memories while you’re having a slice of pizza at 3am on that open Wi-Fi of the pizzeria.”
It also touts it as a classroom tool that teachers can use to share important videos, pictures, notes, or podcasts.
FrostWire for Android proves once again that despite the music industry’s best efforts you can’t prevent people from sharing files with one another, and that when you take down one service or site more will step up and take its place.
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