Tuesday NewsBytes: VLC Media Player now on iPhone; Android and WP7 hit app milestones; Tesco iPhone app gets barcode scanning

Darren Allan

The latest version of the VLC Media Player app is now compatible with the iPhone and iPod Touch, as well as the iPad. The open source media player is a clever little app that lets you play almost any video file with no conversion necessary. However, iPhone owners need to have a 3GS or iPhone 4, it won’t work on the 3G, and neither will it function on the second-generation iPod Touch.

The Android Market has hit a new app milestone, with 100,000 apps now available. Microsoft also managed a slightly lesser figure, with the Windows Phone 7 marketplace being graced with its 1,000th app. Still, that is only after a few weeks, and it took Windows Mobile more like seven months to achieve the same quantity. Apple continues to lead the app stats, of course, with around 280,000 of the little beggars.

Tesco has introduced a new feature to its iPhone grocery shopping app. The barcode scanning facility means that particularly time-pressed individuals, or just those who want to show off, can use their smartphone to scan the barcode on a packet to add something to their order. You can nab the free app from iTunes.

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