With 100 million active users, Telegram is one of the most used messaging services, but it's much more than that.
The application, which is supported by all leading operating systems, also allows developers to create nifty bots. This can come in quite handy.
The new TorrZan bot, for example, can grab torrents directly from the messaging application. With a series of simple commands it's easy to find or add popular torrents, which can then be downloaded with a simple click.
The torrent files are not shared over the user's local network, but from TorrZan's servers. Once a download is complete the files can be downloaded to a local device, or played directly if they are streamable.
We tried the free version, which allows people to test three torrents up to 10GB without speed restrictions. Downloading a copy of the film Sintel took just a few minutes and after it was completed an https link to the mp4 video played seamlessly on both iPhone and PC.
The developers of TorrZan say they created the service to provide an easy and convenient tool for people to download torrents, while keeping user privacy in mind.
"We created this bot only because we believe that it is the most convenient and easiest way to download torrents across all platforms that are supported by Telegram, which includes Android, iOS, Windows Phone, PC, Mac and Linux," TorrZan's team informs TorrentFreak.
TorrZan doesn't record or store any logs of your downloading activity, which is good to know. As an added privacy bonus, it uses external servers to download the torrents so users' local IP-addresses are not visible to the public.
Besides adding torrents or magnet links manually, users can also use the bot to search for files. This appears to work nicely for well-known titles, and avoids the extra step of having to search for links on third-party sites.
"We integrated a search feature that displays torrents from popular torrent sites right inside our bot. This means that our users don't have to jump through hoops, they can simply find torrents and download them directly inside the same interface," the TorrZan team says.
The bot is still in the early stage of development and the team is planning to introduce several new features and updates in the future. Among other things, they want to make it easier to integrate video and audio playback with local devices.
For now, anyone can test the service for free without any restrictions. However, the services uses a freemium model and after three torrents non-paying users are limited to 1 GB of storage and a 50 KB\s download limit.
Those interested in giving it a free spin can visit the official TorrZan site.
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