Android Usenet Clients : Mobile Newsgroup Readers

The market for Android mobile devices and apps continues to explode.  With over 130 million total devices and six billion total app downloads.  According to Google the Android market is growing at a pace of 550,000 new activations a day.  What does that have to do with Usenet?  Everything.  As with other technologies users want access to newsgroups from their mobile devices.  Whether browsing on a Samsung Galaxy Tab or HTC EVO 4G we all want access to our favorite online services.  From anywhere and at anytime.  Usenet is no exception.

We’ve had the opportunity to test several mobile newsreaders this year.  Our favorite so far is EZ Global Search, an iOS app for Easynews.  On the Android side you have some cool apps including EZ Usenet and EasyBrowser.  Both of which are also for Easynews.  In addition to SABMobile for SABnzbd.  Just as the newsreader market has become so competitive lately there’s also a lot of opportunity for mobile apps.  Both for iOS and Android devices.  With the ability for Usenet users to access content on the go.

We look forward to tracking the progress of the current Android Usenet apps and new projects.  If you are a developer working on a mobile Usenet app please let us know once released.  As we’ll be happy to take a look at the client and share it with our readers.  You can contact us @NewsgroupRevs.  Stay tuned later this week as we’ll be bringing you some creative ways to access popular newsreaders from your Android and iOS devices.

SABMobile SABnzbd App for iPhone, iPad, Android

SABnzbd being an open source project definitely has it’s benefits.  As third party developers have created some really cool apps including Sick Beard (PVR), nzbdStatus (Firefox), SABConnect++ (Chrome) and many more.  Recently we’ve enjoyed testing several mobile Usenet apps.  Our favorite so far is EZ Global Search, a third-party iPhone / iPad app for Easynews.  Next on our list is SABMobile, an add-on for SABnzbd+.  With SABMobile you can remotely control SABnzbd from iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android and Nokia devices.

SABMobile version 1.8.2 was added to both the iTunes App Store and Android Market last month.  The iPhone / iPad version is $2.99 and Android version is priced at $2.84.  Here are the links to each version:

iTunes App for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch:

Android Market:

Nokia OVI Store:

SABMobile is available in 11 languages including English, French, German, Italian, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Dutch, Spanish, Russian and Finish.

Here is a list of features in SABMobile:

  • Handles configuration for several SABnzbd+
  • Handles several configurations per server (local, https, SSH, …)
  • Works with SABnzbd version 0.5.x or greater
  • Connects through HTTP, HTTPS (SSL) or HTTP over SSH
  • Works over WIFI, EDGE and 3G
  • Lists downloads on your server
  • Can pause/resume/remove downloads
  • Displays download rates, downloaded size, progress, etc…
  • Can change category of a downloading task
  • Supports autorefresh (can be disabled if connected in 3G, to reduce internet trafic)
  • Can add direct link downloads (if copied from somewhere else)
  • Can specify the category when adding a download
  • Provides a web view to directly add files to download while browsing
  • Manages cookies (for authentification websites)
  • Supports RSS feeds
  • List new files to be downloaded in RSS feeds (1 click download)
  • Can search for any file through configurable searchers
  • Supports private searchers (see website)
  • Includes, NZBMatrix, MysterBin and NewzBin search engines pre-configured
  • Can shutdown/restart server from the settings !
  • Sober but efficient look and feel

SABMobile users are raving about the app.  With an average rating of 4.5 stars in both the iTunes App Store and Android Market.  We are currently testing SABMobile on iPad and have enjoyed the app.  We’ll also test it on Android and let you know how it goes.  Try it for yourself and let us know what you think – @NewsgroupRevs