Less than a week ago, we brought you the first Android torrent application which was met with huge buzz. Today we will preview another torrent application which is similar to Torrent Droid, but uses a little different approach. Justin from nEx.Software was another dev who participated in the Android Bounty and now he brings us ScanTorrent.
ScanTorrent is an application that scans product UPCs, searches for torrent files, and remotely downloads them. Like Torrent Droid, this is mashup app that demonstrates the power of the mobile, open source Android platform. Torrents have changed the music distribution model for the better and I hope they see more commercial use.
To find out more, we spoke with Justin:
This was a lot of fun for me. I am one of those people who needs a little nudge to get things going and the “bounty” idea was just that. The app, which is nearing its initial release, aims to provide a unique experience when dealing with torrent downloads.
A large part of my work has been with parsing usable data out of un-usable formats. With ScanTorrent, I wanted to work with a number of features of Android that I hadn’t yet worked with (databases, threading, web requests, and some others) and I think the results are pretty good.
ScanTorrent comes with numerous options that give the user a lot of power. Some of the highlights of ScanTorrent include:
- Search by scanning barcode
- Search by entering title
- Google Base product lookup
- isoHunt torrent search
- Ability to omit results originating from certain torrent sites.
- Multiple “Client Sites” or uTorrent WebUI configurations.
- Download history
- Search history
ScanTorrent is currently in beta and new features are still being added. Not yet implemented, but planned are:
- Group results by originating torrent site
- Sort search results by seeds, leechers, downloads, etc.
- Support for legal services
The following is a short video demonstration showing how the app works. Please visit YouTube for a higher quality version. You can see that all the action takes place inside the app and the browser is never launched like Torrent Droid. Also note the many different torrent trackers that are available for searching.
ScanTorrent is not currently available for release, but Zerofate is looking for alpha testers for Torrent Droid.