January 19, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka
Back in June, I reviewed RealPlayer for Android and said that it was a work in progress media player with potential. After several months of feedback and a complete redesign, I have a feeling that the potential has gone fully kinetic.
RealPlayer has a beautiful new interface that favors blues and whites rather than the darker blacks and silvers of previous versions. The playback console has been changed to a cleaner look, but Real wisely didn’t change the ease of organization. Users can still browse the app according to Artist, Album, Genre, or Song when listening to Music. There’s also no support for Playlists, including smart playlists for Recently Added, Favorites, and Most Played.
The improvements also extend to watching videos and browsing photos, as RealPlayer is a media player app after all. The initial launch takes a minute to build the library, but afterward, users can view their photo galleries with decent speeds. I think the native Gallery app is faster and more impressive since it can organize according to folder, but I love that RealPlayer creates slideshows that can play music in the background.
Real has made incredible strides since June and this former work-in-progress is now a great piece of work. It’s now worthy of consideration when looking for the best media player.
KEY NEW FEATURES
- A widget allowing playback from the home screen
- A feature for videos and song removal
- An improved way to select directories for music, videos and photos
- Landscape mode for music playback
- Music playback by directory folder
- A quick way to hide video status bar
- A selection for video aspect ratio
- Support for music playlists playback