Long journey coming up but forgot your laptop? Fear not, your Android phone can be your go-to video player now. That marvelous little device of yours can play any video file, be it a home-made film from the recent family trip or the latest episode of a TV show.
In such situations it’s good to have a reliable video player installed on your Android. Fortunately there are quite a few of them available on Android, many of which offer top-tier playback quality and a long list of features. The choice is difficult so to make it easier for you, I’m posting my 4 favourite video-player apps below.
The list isn’t long, but you can be sure that the apps listed are the best in the category. Give them a go and tell us what you think.
MX Player allows you to play video files in almost any format. Thanks to a number of codecs available for download in the Play Store, it supports all phones and tablets. It is the first player to support multi-core decoding and hardware acceleration to deliver the best performance and experience.
Additionally, MX Player allows you to load various kinds of subtitles, pinching the screen to zoom the picture in, and control playback with swipes.
This application is shipped with Archos tablets and portable media players, but thanks to Archos’s generosity, it’s available to everyone for download. Archos Video Player is one of the best-looking video apps on the platform and sports a surprisingly polished interface. To make the most of your multimedia library and highlight your favourite titles, AVP automatically downloads high-quality posters and information. It supports all common video formats as well as multiple network protocols. It can import files from external locations, such as SMB- and UnPnP-enabled servers.
Thanks to keyboard and remote compatibility, AVP is the perfect TV companion. It can be installed on a cheap Android stick and replace a traditional cable box.
If you’re a Windows user, you probably know the VLC Player. It is one of the most popular apps on the platform, which was ported to Android a few months ago. VLC plays most local and audio files as well as network streaming. It has a built-in media library that allows you to browse folders directly. There’s also support for multi-track audio and subtitles and a handy widget. While playback is controlled with on-screen buttons, volume and brightness can be changed with gestures.
VLC for Android is currently at the beta stage, so it may contain a number of bugs. If you’re afraid of performance drops or the player doesn’t work on your device at all, try another app. However, don’t forget about VLC. It is promised to get new features, interface and stability improvements soon.
Downloaded by more than 300 million Android users from all around the world, KMPlayer is one of the most powerful video players on the platform. It will play almost any file you throw at it, including AVI, MKV, WMV, and RMVB.
Moreover, it’s one of the few video playing apps that can be minimized to small window that floats around on your home screen and plays the video in the background.
10 years ago it would be hard to find a computer without ALLPlayer installed on it. Today its popularity has faded away, giving room to more modern applications or web-based services.
Nonetheless, ALLPlayer is as strong as ever. Available as an Android app, the player is compatible with all popular video file formats. It has a dated interface, which doesn’t divert attention from the long list of app’s features.
In addition to support for many different kinds of video files, ALLPlayer can automatically download subtitles for your favourite films and TV episodes and tell you what you’re watching and when it was released. These two handy features go along well with hardware-based acceleration, which improves playback performance and on-screen controls for volume and brightness.
If you recommend any other video players for Android, be sure to leave them in the comments below and we may add them to the post.