Should Hollywood Be Worried About Popcorn Time for Android?

Popcorn Time and its pirating tools have gone mobile with a new Android app. Time4Popcorn’s Popcorn Time app is available on the developer’s website. According to TechCrunch, it is similar to the original desktop program in design, provides the same access to pirated movies and TV shows, and streams torrents. The app comes from the Time4Popcorn development group, which promises a Windows XP version soon. A number of developers have been launching spin-offs of the original and now-defunct Popcorn Time.

“The updates marks a significant change from a few months ago, when the original team behind the service closed it down due to piracy concerns,” explains The Next Web. “The project was since forked by a number of different groups — the ‘Popcorn Time’ team launched a significant update to its desktop app (adding a dedicated TV show menu, bookmarks and a new design) while another group, Time4Popcorn, has released an Android app.”

“I found the program to operate as advertised,” reports Matt Burns for TechCrunch. “It simply works although some of the files take a minute or three to start playing. The Android UI elements are a bit low-res. Several elements, including the side tray, are not enabled yet. But the program works.”

While Google has pulled the program from the Google Play store due to “intellectual property violation,” TechCrunch says it can be downloaded from Time4Popcorn’s site, and the Android app’s source files are available on GitHub.

“Time4Popcorn is just one of the forks of the original project,” writes Burns. “Flixtor previously brought the power of Popcorn Time to Android and Chromecast. One thing remains the same, though: Piracy is once again innovating in the face of the establishment.”