More Devices: Android and iPhone 4
Among the tens of millions of worldwide Vuze users, almost 5 million of you are actively dragging and dropping videos from your library to enjoy Device Playback on iPhone, iPod, iPad, Xbox, PS3, PSP, Tivo, and Samsung Connected TVs. What are the rest of you waiting for? More devices, perhaps?
Today we’re launching support for many of the most popular Android phones on the market, including:
- HTC Desire
- HTC Evo
- HTC Hero
- HTC Incredible
- HTC Magic
- HTC Wildfire
- Motorola Cliq
- Motorola Droid
- Motorola Droid X
- Samsung Vibrant (Galaxy S)
- And more coming…
We’re big believers in open platforms, and we’re very happy to see the strong rise of the Android OS. If your Android device didn’t make the list, tell us in the comments and we’ll work to support it in the near future.
In addition to the new burst of Android support, we’re also launching support for the iPhone 4 with 960 x 640 video resolution, so you can take full advantage of your gorgeous new Retina screen. Tired of hearing about the death grip and AntennaGate? Simply drag-and-drop to the iTunes icon in Vuze (bypassing the antenna altogether) and watch HD video on your iPhone 4.
While we’re on the topic of devices, keep in mind that any mobile phone (or tablet) with a web browser can still manage downloads via Vuze Remote.
Feeling a Need for Speed?
We spend a lot of time thinking about how to deliver ever faster download speeds to you. Vuze 4.5 includes a number of behind-the-scene speed improvements. For many of you, the ultimate speed constraint is on your local area network. As part of Vuze 4.5 we’ve integrated a new speed test that will automatically optimize your Vuze settings for your network. The speed test will begin immediately after you launch the latest version of Vuze. We can’t make house calls to install faster broadband pipes for all of you, but we can make sure that Vuze adapts to your network and delivers the fastest download speed possible over your internet connection. Many of you should see significant increases in download speed after the speed test.
Multi-file Torrent Support
Bittorrent is one of the most elegant technologies for efficiently distributing huge files over the web (leading to adoption by organizations including NASA, Facebook, and Twitter). One of the killer apps for bittorrent is allowing you to download multi-file torrents (those huge torrents that contain multiple files, or multiple songs within an album).
Bittorrent clients (including Vuze) have typically supported multi-file torrents with significant clunkiness (with separate library panels or pop-up dialogs). With this release, the Vuze team took some time to support multi-file torrents the right way — as an integrated part of your Library.
As a result, you’ll be able to quickly prioritize the specific files you want to download within a multi-file torrent, or the sequence in which you want to download them.
Download Vuze 4.5, and give it a try!