Archos has been big on custom, exclusive software as a selling point for its mobile devices, even into Android models where the extra work isn't strictly necessary. It's giving the rest of us a taste by allowing everyone to download its Video Player app from Google Play. Any phone or tablet running Android 4.0 or later can use the app to play "most" movie formats, the company says. The app primarily touts a larger amount of network intelligence than some of its peers, including SMB and UPnP sharing, device-to-device playback syncing and internet retrieval of movie details like subtitles. While Archos isn't exactly giving away the keys to the kingdom with a $5 asking price, we at least won't have to switch to new hardware to see what we've been missing.
ARCHOS Makes Video Player App Available for All Android Tablets and Phones through the Google Play Store
Denver, CO – December 20, 2012 - ARCHOS, pioneer in Multimedia portable devices is pleased to announce the availability of its video player application to all Android devices (running at least Android version 4.0). The critically acclaimed Archos video player app offers an uncompromised multimedia experience. The Archos video player app, available in the Google Play store, features hardware accelerated video decoding support for most devices and video formats, the ability to play content from any computer/network storage in your local network (SMB and UPnP) or from an external USB storage device. In addition, the video player features automatic online retrieval of movie and TV show information with poster and backdrop for both local and network content. It can be downloaded from the Google Play store for $4.99.
Additional Features Include:
* Integrated online subtitles retrieval
* Network indexing – integrate remote shared folders (SMB) in your multimedia library
* Video browsing – with either folder or library based navigation
* Content indexing – automatically sorts TV shows or movies by series/season/episode
* Multi-device network video resume
* TV friendly - keyboard/remote control compatible