Chromebooks Getting a Dedicated Video Player App

I was having an Android Wear for my breakfast. But then, this little commit showed up on my Feedly stream. A new dedicated video player app is being built for Chromebooks.

Chrome OS currently plays videos using the inbuilt player in the Files app. This commit adds a new and dedicated video player app. But for now, this is just a copy of the video player from Files.

There is a new icon for this video player, but it says “corrupted” when I download it. We will have to wait for the next Chrome OS developer channel update to see this in action.

Now, the official commit log:

Issue 196383030: [VideoPlayer] dedicated video player app

[VideoPlayer] dedicated video player app

This commit adds a dedicated video player app. This is almost a copy of the embedded video player app in The embedded video player app in will be removed in the separated patch.

Now, digging deeper into the bug, a developer describes why they decided to go for a dedicated video player for Chromebooks:

  • We want to separate the video player from playing inside to fix several issues with trying to watch videos and open
  • This separate video player should be a packaged app.
  • The video player should NOT have a launcher icon.

Since this is just a copy of the existing video player as of now, do not expect anything big, other than maybe stability and performance improvements. But as a separate packaged app, the video player will see more frequent updates and new features, like support for additional file types, often.

Oh, btw, the video player supports the following formats for now:

Supported  Audio/Video Files

  •  .3gp
  • .avi
  • .mov
  • .mp4
  • .m4v
  • .m4a
  • .mp3
  • .mkv
  • .ogv
  • .ogm
  • .ogg
  • .oga
  • .webm
  • .wav

Stay tuned for more updates on this new member to the Chrome OS apps family.

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