To understand the true potential of android, we have enlisted some of the best android video players. Android devices of today’s generation have become an entertainment house. With the support of thousands of developers, Google Play store has become the the ultimate place/roof under which all such apps are gathered and catered to the potential consumers. The default media player in android does offer an impressive set of features, but again they often tend to not support all possible formats. This often is the case with the video formats. On the other hand, music or audio support is somewhat copacetic. Alas, we provided a comprehensive collection of media players for Android in the past that was compiled keeping audio formats in the mind. Of course, most of them also serves a wide variety of video formats as well and hence one can refer our previous list as well. We will be extending that post further in this article, so you may not be able to find music players listed in our previous list over here. Moreover, the purpose of this list to cater different category of people.
Best Video Players
The list of best video player for android is not in a particular order.
MX Player is the most downloaded video player on Google Play store. The intuitive user interface and heaps of features will instantly draw your attention. It is an advanced player and unquestionably deserves a tag of best android video player. It comes with an innovative pinch to zoom in and out feature in the video. The gesture support will let you quickly scroll between files in playlist by simply swiping left to right or vice versa. Advanced support for subtitles make it the only player you would ever like to keep on your handset. Besides all, it offers kids locking, subtitle, multi-core decoding, hardware decoding and subtitle scroll features. It occasionally gives hiccups while playing MKV and AVI format, but overall it is a perfect media player.
VPlayer Video Player
Yet again, a deserving candidate of crowned as a best Android video player. The VPlayer goes one yard ahead of other media players by extending the support for video playing from DLNA, DVR, Dropbox, Facebook and Gmail attachment videos. In case, if you are a user of a cloud hosting service like Dropbox, then you are in for a treat. Let’s not forget the support for YouTube and Vimeo. Unfortunately, all such mesmerizing features come with a price tag. In order to keep using such awesome features you’re required to purchase, VPlayer Unlocker, a paid version of VPlayer Video Player. It supports Hardware acceleration and hence self-proclaims as a less battery hogger compared to competitors like MX Video Player and MoboPlayer. Tablet users can play full HD (1080p) MKV files with Hardware acceleration for best experience. Plethora of streaming protocols, audio-video formats, subtitles are supported as well. What else do you want from the best video player for Android? The downside is that the player hasn’t been updated for a while. Even, you can try the trial version from the below link. The trial version will expire in 7 days, but should give you enough idea about the player.
MoboPlayer for android is yet another impressing video player for android that definitely deserves a huge round of applaud. It supports tons of video formats and even HD videos. Streaming videos through different protocols like RTSP, HTTP is also supported well. It smartly displays the thumbnails of all videos in the library which you can navigate through simple gesture motion. A smart display will display upcoming items at the bottom of the playing video without interrupting the current video. Of course, it lacks few features compared to competitor VPlayer or brethren MX Player. Support for subtitles and multi-subtitles is a nice little addition to it. The user interface is also decent and the developer has done a great work tweaking it. Easy navigation to the libraries and folders have been integrated smartly. There are different codecs sets available in Google Play store in case if you encounter any unsupported format.
Whether you talk about the best video player for Windows, Mac or any other device, the one name you will often find common is VLC player. The open source project has become a darling of millions of users spread across multiple platforms, and is now available in the smaller device segment as well. Although, VLC player is in beta version, the player lives up to the bar set by its Windows and Mac counterparts. It supports a slew of media formats and streaming protocols. Unfortunately, the beta or NEON version works on ARMv7 devices only.
Having tried the beta player personally, I can see the tremendous amount of work poured into creating this version. That doesn’t mean you should ignore the warning in any case. It browses the folders and files from your device and supports most of them. It comes with a widget from where you can manage the device volume, audio headset control and library management.
RealPlayer is no strange name in the music industry. It was the first player that changed the whole perspective of music. Within a short span, the RealPlayer has already been downloaded millions of times and is a best video player for a reason. In fact, if you are looking to play RMVB format videos then RealPlayer is the ideal choice for you. That apart, it supports gazillions of other music, video formats. The lastFM scrobbling is just an icing on the cake. All said, you can move application to SD card and operate from there, if you are struggling with the space on your Android device. Widget support, equalizers, metadata editing is also included in RealPlayer to ensure that you also get an advantage of editing your music or video library according to your need.
There are few deserving video players for android which deserves our due mention. BSPlayer, QQ Player, Dice Player, Meridian media player revolute are worth checking out. Drop a comment below if we missed adding your favorite app in our collection of best android video player.