RealPlayer, one of the most well-known media playing solutions available for desktops, has received its own Android app, which came out of beta and hit version 1.0 (officially today. In a press release, Scott Uomoto (SVP Consumer and Helix Divisions, RealNetworks) boldly stated that "this is the media player that people want."

Despite any preconceived notions you may have about RealPlayer, the official Android app already has overwhelmingly high ratings and a somewhat decent feature list – first off, RealPlayer can be used to centralize not just your music, but videos and photos as well. The app also features optimized graphics "for high-res devices" (though the app's interface isn't great), lastFM scrobbling, voice commands for search, lockscreen functionality, video bookmarking, and more.

That being said, the app is ad-supported and lacks some very basic functionality until users opt for an "in-app upgrade" (read "purchase") of $4.99. Features users can only get through in-app purchase include graphic equalizer with save-able presets, metadata discovery (using Gracenote), manual metadata editing, and cross-fading.

Oh, and users will also gain the ability to play RealAudio and RealVideo media files only after making the in-app purchase, strangely enough.

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If you're a fan of RealPlayer's desktop solution, or if you're looking for an okay media player for your Android device with a usable (if a bit dated) UI, RealPlayer's official app may just be worth trying out. On the bright side, the app (without features discussed above) is free from the Play Store, so users need only hit the widget below.

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • RedPandaAlex

    Question: is this a joke?

    • http://twitter.com/alxalejandro393 Alex Esparza-Sandy

      I was thinking the exact same idea.

    • Jonathan Isenberg

      My thoughts exactly.

    • MeCampbell30

      I could have swore this was August 14 and not April 1.

  • http://twitter.com/Serotheo Simon Yu

    Too bad it doesn't have Realplayer's Downloader ;)

  • http://twitter.com/TheGermian Germian

    Real Player - Welcome to the World of Yesterday!

  • Tony

    Was this designed using gingerbread ui elements? It looks like it from the video.

  • Clint Pedersen

    I didn't realize RealPlayer still existed.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Shinakuma George Millhouse

      really clint? Really?

    • Josh Flowers

      uncertain if it is still incorporated in this version, but previous versions could be used to save streaming video feeds.
      apart from that, i still prefer Mobo Media player for all sorts of codecs.

  • xmRipper

    Just another player for Android.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Shinakuma George Millhouse

    5$ for the upgraded version?? LOL fuck you

    • http://www.facebook.com/Shinakuma George Millhouse

      oo and it cant play realplayer video until AFTER i buy the 5$ version? good luck with that

  • http://droiddev.co.cc/ CuriousCursor

    It's not the player androids deserve, not even the one we'll ever need -_-

  • D4niel

    'Scott Uomoto (SVP Consumer and Helix Divisions, RealNetworks) boldly stated that "this is the media player that people want."'

    No, Scott. No it isn't. I actually laughed out loud that you said that.

    You really need to bury the RealPlayer brand. I associate it with "Buffering...", incredibly slow to load video, and incredibly low resolution video with huge compression artifacts. I'm sure I'm not alone on this.

    As long as it carries the RealPlayer name, I'll be keeping my distance.

    • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

      You're not alone, I remember all of those things...PLUS spyware, browser toolbars, advertising and spam, attempts to sneak in other apps while installing, being nearly impossible to uninstall, and generally being the 2nd worst corporate citizen on the internet.

      ...Yes, I said second worst...Anybody who remembers how bad it was to install Apple's Quicktime Player on Windows (especially in the 90's and early 2000's) can account for the myriad of terrible things that inevitably happened to your computer as a result. The suite of Apple software was actually classified as a virus by a security firm because of the sheer number of things that it installed without permission, were impossible to subsequently remove, and caused major slow-downs and crashing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tony-Gultice/584049220 Tony Gultice

    You'd see my comment here, but it's still buffering.

  • bacon

    I wouldn't touch realplayer with a ten foot pole!

    • Chris Lambert

      I used to love Realplayer, then I went off it a bit, after a few more years I wanted every single RealNetworks employee to personally apologise to me for their crimes against the internet.

  • Oysh

    Scott, are you having a laugh?

    Is he having a laugh?!

  • http://twitter.com/Rovex Rovex

    Sorry i associate Realplayer with the frustrating and expensive early internet, when nothing worked and everyone wanted money for very little. I actually shuddered when i saw this article.

  • anzensepp1987

    THIS is the player I DON'T want! I'd rather want iTunes on Android ;)

    • http://robert.aitchison.org raitchison

      Lets not say something we can't take back.

  • anon

    Screw REAL, propitiatory retards. You'll just end up with addware since the pc version was full of crapware and other nasties.

  • MeCampbell30

    MX Player and google music so far have no real competition.

    • http://twitter.com/Lammjr Lamm

      try bsplayer, as good as mx player, plus suports stream over SMB (windows network share).

  • Jon Garrett

    I just bought it, love it--especially the high res graphics on my Galaxy Note !! the only thing missing is lyrics. I want lyrics from both the information on my MP3s and lyrics from some other source if I don't already have the lyrics which I do for all my songs.

  • MedFred

    Realplayer for the PC was the worst, most annoying, buggy, piece of software on the planet. I sure as hell don't want this crap on my phone.

  • Alan

    This is NOT the player you're looking for!!!

  • Kane

    Honestly when your name still brings disgust decades later its probably time to change your name and hope no one remembers you. Also there are better players that are cheaper and not ugly

  • grellanl


    I have bad memories of Realplayer that go WAY back... well, to 1995, it's heading for twenty years now, isn't it? Spyware, toolbars, stealing file associations, launching two hundred separate processes at startup, slowing the whole machine right down (that poor 486 struggling under the weight of all the RealPlayer processes)... I'm almost tempted to install this POS just to see how many items suddenly appear in 'autostarts'.

    Actually, screw that. I'm not touching this with a ten-foot pole. DO NOT WANT.

  • IceBeam

    And it requires 12 gigabytes of memory, at least quad core, more is recommended, and a wired connection. Right?

  • http://robert.aitchison.org raitchison

    Not sure what is the deal with the hate for RealPlayer, I've been using the beta and it's not ba.. BUFFERING

  • http://twitter.com/Lammjr Lamm

    Gahhhhhhh I hate real player and every real media format with passion.

    Worse is that a LOT of website in Brazil still uses this crap to release videos and stuff.