Sometimes, an Android phone is a great computer replacement. I found this out the hard way over the weekend when I needed to download the newest Ubuntu distribution with no computer around (don’t ask; too nerdy). Android has no shortage of great BitTorrent clients, from an official version to uTorrent to the incumbent third-party offering, aTorrent, which until now was my go-to choice.
But Flud, a new torrent client by Delphi Softwares, takes the prize for being free, ad-free and extremely easy to use. The app has a nice, clean interface that recognizes .torrent and even Magnet files from the browser, and sports an expandable notification for quick access to pausing and resuming without re-entering.
Like uTorrent, Flud supports NAT-PMP, DHT and UPnP, so minimal router port forwarding is required, and it’s possible to store larger files on SD cards when necessary. The interface provides most relevant information, such as tracker addresses, download speeds and Hash info to ensure the payload is unaltered, but it’s also possible to dig deeper for more advanced stats.
Flud doesn’t yet support RSS, but the developers say the feature is coming. What is present is a nice tablet interface and support for sequential downloads, which helps when using the client for multiple operations at once. Flud is based on libtorrent, an open-source Linux project, so it’s unlikely the devs will charge for it in the future.