RealPlayer used to be on almost everybody’s computer but, once YouTube and iTunes among others took off, RealPlayer began to be overlooked and now, compared to being on almost everyone’s computer it is most likely on very few computers, mine included. However RealNetworks have continued to work on their all encompassing media player and have been working on an Android application. The company released a beta version for Android smartphones but, have now released the app for all to use. The RealPlayer app not only plays various video files but, it can also handle your music as well as photos. It also utilizes social networks and you can share your media likes on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and various other apps dependant on what is installed on your phone such as Dropbox, Evernote, WordPress. The interface is pretty easy to use and is well designed. You can also search for media and it searches all of the media on your phone which after using it for only a few minutes has proved to be very useful and easier than the default Android video and music player. Another handy feature is that when you are playing music, it changes the lock screen on the phone so you are able to skip songs or pause which, sadly is a feature missing from many phones, including the Samsung Galaxy S3.
The RealPlayer Android app is available to download for free from the Google Play Store. There is also a premium option available as an in-app upgrade which costs $4.99/£3.18. The premium version of RealPlayer removes the ads from the app and also adds a graphic equaliser. Other features included with the premium version include the ability to edit metadata, save custom settings and adds RealAudio and RealVideo support. Realplayer