BitTorrent Makes Bleep Publicly Available, Intros Bleep for Mac and Android
Article by George Norman
On 19 Sep 2014
BitTorrent Bleep, the peer-to-peer chat client that lets you securely communicate over text and voice, has been released as a public Alpha. Until now, the BitTorrent Bleep was an invite-only pre-Alpha and it was available for Windows only. Not anymore!

Besides making Bleep available to anyone who is interested in testing it, BitTorrent also introduced Bleep apps for Mac and Android. The company also introduced a new logo for BitTorrent Bleep.


The story begins in the fall of 2013, when BitTorrent announced that it is working on an application that uses distributed technology for communication purposes. Called BitTorrent Chat at the time, it was presented as a private, secure, and free instant messaging application – messages are never stored on any server (they’re only stored locally), messages are sent using an encrypted peer-to-peer network, there are no limits and no fees.

In the summer of 2014, BitTorrent decided to change the application’s name. BitTorrent Chat became BitTorrent Bleep. The name was chosen because BitTorrent doesn’t see your messages or metadata. “As far as we’re concerned, anything you say is ‘bleep’ to us,” explained Jaehee Lee, Senior Product Manager at BitTorrent.

Besides an interesting new name, the application also got new functionality. If BitTorrent Chat was presented as an instant messaging application that lets you securely communicate via text, BitTorrent Bleep was presented as an application that lets you communicate over text and voice. But to test this functionality, you had to get an invitation – BitTorrent Bleep was, at the time, a closed pre-alpha.

Almost a year has passed since BitTorrent introduced Chat/Bleep. It is now the fall of 2014 and I have some exciting news.

BitTorrent Alpha is now available to the general public. Anyone who is interested in testing the application can do so – no invite required!

Until now, BitTorrent Labs was available for Windows only. Besides making Bleep available to anyone who is interested in testing it, BitTorrent also introduced Bleep apps for Mac and Android.

BitTorrent Bleep for Windows and Mac is available for download from BitTorrent Labs.

BitTorrent for Android is available on Google Play.

“Bleep testers can sign-up with an email or mobile number, or access the client in incognito mode; meaning no Personally Identifiable Information is necessary,” explained Jaehee Lee. “Currently, you can make voice calls and send texts to contacts who are online only. There are options to import your Google address book contacts, and to invite friends to Bleep via email, SMS, QR code, or a public key. You can now move an existing account to an Android device and receive inbound messages across all devices.”

BitTorrent also introduced a new logo for BitTorrent Bleep.

This is the logo that was associated with BitTorrent Bleep until now.

And this is Bleep’s new and official logo.

Jaehee Lee presents the official logo:
“This has been inspired by the simplicity of a folded note. You write a message, fold it up, and hand it to your friend. It is fast and efficient. There is no middleman. The image of a folded note is designed to be a symbol of speed, privacy, and peace-of-mind in the digital age.”

Tags: BitTorrent, BitTorrent Chat, BitTorrent Bleep, Alpha, chat, security, privacy, logo., Windows, Mac OS X, Android
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