Homebrew developer "Chomper" builds JVM, ports mPlayer for webOS
The worldwide homebrew community continues to push the edges of webOS. One Chinese developer, Chomper, has recently released early versions of two long-awaited additions to the platform: a Java Virtual Machine (JVM) and a port of the open-source, multiformat mPlayer media player.
Until recently, webOS has been left out of the Java pot, since there had been no JVM available. Chomper has now released a beta JVM (original posting in Chinese here; Google translation here) that, while buggy, seems to be working for users.
Not content with that success, apparently, Chomper has also ported mPlayer to webOS. Using mPlayer, webOS users can now (potentially) play a huge number of additional media file types, including (from the mPlayer site's description):
most MPEG/VOB, AVI, Ogg/OGM, VIVO, ASF/WMA/WMV, QT/MOV/MP4, RealMedia, Matroska, NUT, NuppelVideo, FLI, YUV4MPEG, FILM, RoQ, PVA files, supported by many native, XAnim, and Win32 DLL codecs. You can watch VideoCD, SVCD, DVD, 3ivx, DivX 3/4/5, WMV and even H.264 movies.
It's still in the early stages, so we don't yet know whether all of these formats will work under webOS, and forum postings suggest that this mPlayer port is not (yet) compatible with webOS 2.0.
Check out the links above to download these two new additions to the webOS homebrew world.