Real Networks has launched a public beta version of RealPlayer for Google Android. The app functions as an all-in-one media app, handling audio, video, and image files. It supports standard codecs including H.264, MPEG4, MP3, and JPG. And as an alternative to the built-in music app, RealPlayer for Android is actually halfway decent.
When you’re playing an album, the app makes it easy to toggle between album art and a list of songs. You can also sort your music collection by recently added, artist, album, genre, or most played.
There are a few problems though. RealPlayer for Android is a bit hit or miss when it comes to detecting album art. For some reason while it was able to correctly identify the album art for Mike Doughty’s Sad man, Happy Man, Aimee Mann’s Bachelor Number 2 was slapped with the album art for the NPR Planet Money podcast.
The photo app is a complete mess. You can’t tell it where on your device to search for photos, so it dragged in album art and photos from the New York Times app on my Nexus One. I didn’t really bother to test the video player since most of my video collection is in the DiVX format — which isn’t handled by most Android media players with the exception of Wuzhenhua Player and yxflash.
RealPlayer beta for Android is available as a free download from the Android Market.
You can find more screenshots after the break.