Video player for Android, which is the best?

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asked Jan 27, 2016 in Android by anonymous

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Of course, it’s better to watch videos on a TV or a large screen, but sometimes we don’t have this opportunity. When you have to be mobile, Android phones and tablets may be of help. Unfortunately, not all video formats can be played with the standard Android video player. Of course, you can convert your videos specially for your Android device, but it takes time and some certain skills.

The majority of the latest Android devices are able to play videos and movies without any conversion, and they can do it no worse than desktops or mobile PCs. Everything you need is a good video player application.

When preparing this article, I tested a few dozens of video player apps for Android and found the major part of them working unsatisfactorily. Some of them produce considerable lagging, some others are unable to play all video formats or don’t support subtitles. According to the test results, the best video player for Android today is the MX Player Pro.

MX Player

Main features of the MX Player:
- Ability to play literally all known video formats, including .3gp .avi .divx .f4v .flv .mkv .mp4 .mpeg .mov .vob .wmv .webm .xvid
- Support for multicore encoding: the performance of the player is considerably better on the devices with dual and quad core CPUs (and there are more and more devices of this kind on the market)
- Optimization for various CPU architectures, such as ARMv6, ARMv7, ARM® NEON™, and NVIDIA® Tegra™ 2
- Support for subtitles of all popular formats

And the main thing is that this is just a fast and convenient video player for Android.

MX Player

Installation and settings: Download and install the latest version of the MX Player from Google Play. At the first run, the application may ask you to install additional codecs: ARMv6 or ARMv7.

And then it’s all very simple: download any movie or a video to the memory card of your phone, launch the player, and watch it! The player finds video files stored on your device itself, which makes it even more convenient.

Possible issues: If there is no sound when watching a video file, simply go to Settings > Decoder and mark the S/W audio option. In some rare cases, you may encounter problems with video playback too (black screen instead of the video) – then you have to tick off the S/W decoder option in the Decoder menu.

MX Player Decoder

In case you face any other problems with this magnificent player, the team is there to help you. Ask you question in the Questions Section.

Any movies of any formats will suit. Considering the limited memory of the Android mobile devices, I recommend you to choose movies in the DVDRip and BDRip formats, with file sizes of 700 MB to 2.6 GB.

Enjoy watching!

answered Jan 27, 2016 by Expert Ryan (8,620 points)
edited Jan 27, 2016 by Expert Brian
Two good media players and streamers, also are: ArkMC media streaming application for iOS devices. A nice media player and streamer to playback or beam files like photos, music, videos that you have stored on PC, MAC any UPnP/DLNA server wirelessly and transfer to any wireless media players, like TV. and Bubble UPnP, this app has almost the same features as the above mentioned, also Chromecast support.
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