(2016-01-27 04:56)ronnyy Wrote: You must be joking, so for you it's better to keep the features in your product even if they are not working on some platforms... what's the added value of having an external player if there are no players that can be used over smb?
I understand though you care more about the product itself than about the users, you prefer to have the users going through the hassle of trying your product with an external player because on your wiki it says it works, no mention that the external player is supposed to support smb... then the user naively tries it and it doesn't work, why... well I don't know... another research to find out how to debug it... then you realise there is an error, and then you end up posting here like the author of this thread... and the answer is that: "yes we know that there is no player out there for android but we prefer to keep this feature because on other platforms it works and by the way we care more about our product then we care about you or informing you correctly not to waste your time"
Great user experience!
I've numbered this to make it easier for you:
1. There are
external players on Android that can use SMB.
2. External player can be used for local files or from other protocols. We're not going to remove a feature just because "not enough" people are using it, which is something you are only guessing about. It doesn't matter if it's only a few or if it's everyone.
3. The vast majority of our users will never, ever, use the external player feature. It is an advanced feature for experienced users who wish to override the internal player, only. The fact that it requires editing xml files should be a big hint to this. So yeah, usability is not a focus there, because normal users won't even know the feature exists. Why would they even want to use the external player in the first place?
4. Any reasonable person would need to assume that the external player needs to support the video format and protocol for that video. That's why no one complains that Minecraft can't open videos.
5. Kodi is not a "product". Kodi is something that some volunteers work on in their free time and then wish to share with other people.
6. The wiki is made by volunteers in their free time. It only exists because the community exists. No one is paid to write it. Everyone is able to edit it. You have no one to bitch at if you think something should change there. There's a lot more information about external players that still has never been written about on the wiki, simply because no one has had time or has wanted to spend their free time writing about that specific feature.