There’s an awful lot of media out there – and there’s quite a bit dotted around your home too. What you need is a single app for accessing it, and aVia aims to be that app.
aVia provides a one-stop shop for all your media playback and sharing needs – it’s evolved rapidly since debuting in October 2011, and has been built from the ground up specifically for Android tablets and smartphones.
Fire the app up and tap My Sources to begin. From here you can browse your local storage, snoop over the USB connection or look for content on your Facebook and Picasa accounts or stored on a DLNA server. Just select an option to browse its contents for media to access.
Select music, and you’ll get an album cover, track info and playback controls – plus you’re at liberty to wander off and browse the rest of your collection or look at some photos without disrupting playback, which can be controlled (along with the volume) via a series of gestures.
Video playback is similarly intuitive, with options for enabling and disabling subtitles, video scaling adjustments and all the all-important playback controls themselves, with options for skipping or shuffling through the contents of the current folder. Photos work in a similar way too, with a slideshow option for good measure.
aVia also allows you to create multimedia playlists, mixing the three media types together. And not only can you access DLNA servers on your network, you can turn aVia itself into a DLNA server too, giving others access to your locally stored content.
It supports a broad range of formats and containers, but video codecs are slightly restricted, although more are promised shortly. It’s the only slight blemish on what is a very capable tool for Android users.