) has unearthed a new video player for S60 3rd edition supposedly able to play DivX files directly. It's offered for free by DivX and is available for all Windows, Palm and Symbian smartphones.
Navigate to http://mobile.divx.com
on your phone, register and you'll be able to download 2 applications:
- DivX Mobile Player: a DivX player that looks a lot like SmartMovies
- Discover DivX Mobile: a Java-based RSS news reader
EDIT: both the player and the RSS reader can be downloaded without registration here: http://mobile.divx.com/DivXMobileDownload.xhtml
I haven't yet found out what the RSS reader is supposed to be used for. According to the description on the web site, it should allow you to browse and download DivX movies but, from what i've seen, it's just a basic RSS news reader and i haven't yet found a way to download and play movie files attached to the posts.
There are some music videos and movie trailer available to download from the mobile web site though so you can use them to try out the player.
First impressions of the player were very bad: you have to endure a silly 5 seconds animation whenever you launch it and i haven't yet found a way to skip or disable it. I hate
this kind of nonsense crap.
Fortunately, the player itself looks pretty good. As i said, it looks a lot like smartmovie. I actually wouldn't be surprised if they had simply licensed it. It supports both windowed and full screen video playback. On the E61, you'll have to tweak the settings to get the full screen mode to work properly (in order to get the video to play in landscape mode, you have to choose... "Portait" in the settings).
The few music videos and trailers i've tried worked OK. Playback is smooth but the picture quality is awful, which is very disapointing given that modern smartphones are able to play video with near-DVD video quality. I haven't yet tried with any other file than those offered on the DivX mobile web site though.
Overall, it looks promizing. If they sort out their RSS reader to make it easy to find and download videos (and if the videos are of better quality than those offered so far on their web site), it might become a cool application. There are a few quirks:
- just like real player, the player pauses when you send it to the background. This might be a desirable behaviour in some cases but I'd like to be able to choose in the settings whether or not the player should automatically pause when sent to the background
- as with most crossplatform applications, the application uses non-standard and pretty bad looking UI controls. Not such a big deal for a video player i suppose tough.
- When you ask the app to rescan the file system, the entire application freezes for the whole duration of the scan, there is no "please wait" message or progress bar displayed. Very frustrating.