Before anyone jumps on me, I know there's a number of remote torrent management applications out there on the Market, including ones that work with uTorrent. This app, however, is being put out by none other than BitTorrent Inc., the owners of uTorrent. That means you can expect a remote torrent client that actually works, as opposed to the aforementioned mediocre alternatives. Not to mention the fact that uTorrent Remote packs a feature set other remote torrent apps simply can't match.

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What a suspiciously legitimate download queue.

Unfortunately, there's a catch. You need to be using the 3.0 Alpha build of uTorrent on your PC (get it here) in order for this app to work, which is currently only available for Windows. And, well, it's an Alpha build (your success with it may vary). That aside, the app has some nifty features, and uTorrent's blog has bullet-ized them for easy consumption:

  • Check the status of a download directly from your Android smartphone
  • Add, pause or remove µTorrent downloads on your computer
  • µTorrent remote registers as a .torrent handler so you can browse and add torrents just as if you were on your PC at home.
  • Start, pause or remove µTorrent downloads in progress on your computer
  • Update and add torrents from RSS subscriptions
  • Transfer, save and play any completed file from your PC right to your device

Sounds pretty awesome, right? It gets even better, as uTorrent threw in an additional piece of news that many torrent addicts will find exciting: "On the horizon: a full-featured native BitTorrent for Android client..." That's a pretty big deal, and although there's a couple of Android torrent clients out there right now, frankly, they suck. And with a gaggle of Android tablets coming this year, a full-featured client sounds a lot more sensible when you're using it on a device with a big display and lots of storage space.

Finally, a quick tip for setting up: you'll need to create a login account from your PC on uTorrent under the "Preferences/Web" menu in order to get the remote Android client to connect, so don't forget that crucial step. Happy torrenting.

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