You know, if I'm honest, I feel a little sympathy for Archos. While they don't usually stand out as a manufacturer of the best tablets, they've gotten a decent reputation as being good for the low-end. Then the Nexus 7 came out and redefined what "budget tablet" means. Still, the company has to make money somehow, and putting its custom video player on the Play Store is as good a way as any, right?

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The player is decent enough as a video player. Cover art and meta data is aggregated to create a pretty nifty-looking library with slick animations. It also includes a host of extra features, including playback from network storage, hardware acceleration, and subtitle downloads. It's a pretty good setup, though for $5, it's kinda pricey. Especially when things like RockPlayer are out there for free. Still, you might find it worth your time (and money) if you're a stickler for setting up your own local movie storage and want a nice-looking interface for your collection, you could do worse.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=719024548 John Barnard

    Wonder if this enables the cinema plugin on the Archos 70?

    • Eye4Detail

      It's for devices with 4.0 or higher. Further proof that Gen8 owners were just left to twist in the wind.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1470850958 Peter ‘Firefox’ Fox

        get over it... you knew back then that Froyo wasn't a supported tablet version from Google why would you then go and expect Archos to keep it that supported, the G9's are probably not going to get many more software updates but I enjoy my tablet for it's Hard drive and media features

        • Eye4Detail

          You're right. Why on earth would I expect Archos to make this app (that they want money for) compatible with their own tablets? I'm happy for you that you like your hard drive but I hardly think that has anything to do with app compatibility.

          So glad I traded up to an Asus. You really do get what you pay for.

  • Tim Kermode

    Looks really good and I was tempted to buy it and then I saw the price.
    $5 over there and £3.99 ($6.50) here. Not a fan of that nonsense.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii
  • http://twitter.com/ToysSamurai Toys Samurai

    I can't say it's a bad idea -- if OEM are so proud of their skins/customized software, I would rather they stay away from messing the base OS and offer their software as apps. The apps can be offered free to their own devices, and for a price for other OEM's creations.

    • JG

      When I first got my Droid X I went crazy trying to find the neat clock widget I had seen on so many Android devices, only to find out it was part of HTC's Sense. I would have happily downloaded it from the Market...

      I would LOVE to see, for example, Motorola, now that it's a Google company, start installing stock Android on all of their devices, and set up Blur as a pre-installed (& removable) apk package(s). Then the OS could be updated at a more Nexus-like schedule, and Blur could be updated independently. Then those of us with older phones who can't (apparently) support anything past 2.3 could still get the newer, less obtrusive Blur... Or if there's a Blur based widget that people on non-Moto phones want, they could download it from the Play Store (though hopefully not for $5)....

  • Keith Lemon

    Their own employees rating the Apps lol sado's

    • blunden

      You can use the free app that installs a pre-compiled version of ffmpeg to the correct folder instead. That way you can potentially get even better codec support. You could also compile it yourself if you want.

      My guess is they knew they would receive a C&D if they included DTS support without paying for it so that might be why they charge separately for that.

  • JonE

    I'll stick with XBMC :)

    • Emanuel Burgos

      I love XBMC as well but it doesn't currently do hardware acceleration on Android yet. Therefore, until XBMC is officially working in all its glory on Android, I found the Archos app the next best thing.

  • https://steamcommunity.com/id/m-p-3 m-p{3}

    The price seems a little high, but at the time I used their softwares on Android devices (Archos 5, Archos 32IT), it was decent and offering a good level of codec support so I can't blame them.

    And I'm happy a third-party manufacturer started to understand that people want the original Android experience and make all their customized softwares as optional.

  • Forcemaker

    I had an eye on Archos devices when they were running *cough* OSes like Maemo, but they NEVER had a device that I really wanted.

    I do like it very much that a European, French company competes in this market, but I just cannot find products for me, as I do need some.

    I do hope the best for Archos' future and will continue to watch!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1470850958 Peter ‘Firefox’ Fox

    One slight oddity, my G9 80H can't get any of these apps as they act as updates for the 101XS only... I don't see why it would of been much of a stretch to get the G9 models in there but hey, maybe if they do decide to put Jellybean on there they will

  • Jay P

    Meh, MXPlayer is still better. Many more features and more Powerful player. Only benefit I see of Archos is the Metadata and Cover art which would probably only be useful for Movie Junkies. I'll wait for XMBC to be more stable and just use it for the Media Center expirience.

  • basim

    I have problem with this player when playing videos on galaxy s2.The soft-keys(volume and seek bar) are not hiding.Please some one help me..Thanks you..