BitTorrent offers four official apps through Google Play: uTorrent Beta, BitTorrent Beta, and a remote app for both. The remote apps provide the opportunity to remotely control your BitTorrent or uTorrent client on your desktop machine or server. All the information you could want is there – from file sizes to seeding numbers – and torrents can even be activated from the app too.
The 10 million download figure is broken down like this: The BitTorrent Remote apps have been downloaded 4.7 million times, while the BitTorrent client app has racked up 1.5 million downloads. Finally, the uTorrent Beta app, which was released in September, has a download total of 3.8 million already on the books.
According to BitTorrent’s figures, 75 percent of its uTorrent users have no problem recommending it to others, 45 percent claim to use it a couple of times per week, and a truly dedicated 25 percent use the app each day.
While BitTorrent says its apps are available across all major platforms – iOS, Windows Phone and Android – this isn’t strictly true, as it’s only Google Play and the Windows Phone Store which have let in its dedicated mobile apps, while iOS users must make do with accessing the remote platform through a browser. BitTorrent released uTorrent and BitTorrent Remote apps for Windows Phone in October, both of which are still available in the store and are compatible with Windows Phone 7.5 and Windows Phone 8.
Apple on the other hand, has had a long-standing ban on apps related to BitTorrent in its App Store, and although some have been accidentally approved in the past, they’ve quickly been removed. The party line is “this category of applications is often used for the purpose of infringing third-party rights.”