Developer: Archos S.A.
Devices: OS 4.0.3
Archos Video Player Review
Archos certainly knows its hardware, and the video player that ships out with its tablets has now been made available to all Android device owners
Archos certainly knows its hardware, and the video player that ships out with its tablets has now been made available to all Android device owners. At £3.99/$4.99 it’s certainly an expensive app, but boasting fully hardware-accelerated decoding alongside a well-featured UI, perhaps it is compelling enough to overcome this high price tag.
The player itself has all the standard features – navigation buttons around the scrub bar and an in-video volume slider – but also a well-thought-out menu bar. Tap on the screen to bring up the app furniture and access a brightness control (assuming you’re not set to auto), a bookmark placer, screen rotation options and then the subtitle track selector. This is one of the best features of the player – connecting directly to multiple subtitle repositories, you can download subtitles for any language in a matter of seconds without leaving the app.
All videos can be browsed either by folder or through the library infrastructure, and any new files will automatically be updated to include movie, series and episode information from IMDb. Visually, the app is geared more towards a carousel view on tablets, though it is functional enough on a smartphone. Another key selling point of Archos is the fact that it can handle videos from remote shared folders and UPnP, as well as those on your device, making it a perfect home media centre solution.
Able to handle all common video formats and access content in local networks – it’s an expensive but powerful home media app
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