News by Andrew Kameka on Wednesday July 17, 2013.
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BitTorrent may be one of the most recognized names in peer-to-peer file-sharing, but the cloud storage cartel of Dropbox, SkyDrive, and others have come into play for backing up and sharing large files. BiTorrent Sync is attempting to make torrents a more effective method for sharing data, and a new beta app for Android is now available to push those efforts.
BitTorrent Sync is a free service that supports file synchronization between computers. It's designed to help small groups - office workers, music collaborators, film makers, students, and so on - share large files with minimal effort. BitTorrent Sync works by allowing computers to share files easily, so someone recording video and storing it on their Windows XP or newer computer at work could have the same files available on a Mac OS 10.6 or newer computer at home. Of course, computer synching without a mobile alternative is not ideal in today's climate, so BitTorrent Sync's arrival on Android seems like a no brainer.
Android users are the first to gain access to BitTorrent Sync through a beta that launched today. An iOS sync client is in the cards, but it's not available yet. The Android client supports file backups to a phone or tablet, saving mobile photos to a desktop, and sharing files with friends. A SyncArchive feature provides version history so users can access previous versions of a particular file.
Most people rely on Dropbox, Google Drive, or SkyDrive to achieve these same goals. BitTorrent claims using the cloud is slow but I rarely have an issue in delay of seeing my files go from phone to cloud to computer or vice versa. Like many others, I see the cloud as a benefit and a solid backup plan, but BitTorrent Sync proposes that P2P makes more sense because it is faster and does not place storage limits on how much data can be transferred or stored. Users can download the beta app for their Android phones or tablets and compare notes to see which is best.BitTorrent
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.