An effective video player is first and foremost a video player that lives with time, because we always store videos not on our smartphone, but on a server, NAS or any other storage medium. We need an app that can adapt to our ever-changing uses.
Our selection of apps will fit different profiles, only available on your smartphone, tablet, etc. Whether you prefer to play recorded videos or not, you will surely find what you are looking for.
A very good multimedia player that works with a plug-in system to add codecs and thus better play your video files. Hardware acceleration not supported, but that doesn’t stop the app from doing its job very well on Full HD 1080p files. Streaming is also one of its greatest strengths.
All formats are recognized, subtitle management is flawless, and you also have a preview of the videos before starting them. It is quite lightweight and has very little chance of failing you. A safe bet and a very good choice!
One of KMPlayer’s User friendly interface This will appeal to the majority of users. Compatible with many formats (3G2, 3gp, 3gp2, Amv, Asf, Avi, Divx, f4v, flv, gvi, iso, m1v, m2v, mkv, mov, mp2, mp4, mp4v, mpeg, MPEG1, MPEG2, ogm, OGX, rec, rm, avi, tod, vob and wmv). It also supports a dozen subtitle formats so as not to spoil the experience. You can easily increase or decrease the volume using touch shortcuts. The feedback on the Play Store is generally positive and the app enjoys a certain popularity with 10 to 50 million installs.
We no longer offer VLC, the free and open source multiplatform video player. It is efficient and supports many formats such as MKV, MP4, AVI, MOV, Ogg, FLAC, TS, M2TS, Wv and AAC.
The application has been downloaded 100 million views on Play Store, a sign of immense popularity in the little green robot world. However, the publisher has not updated it since August 12, 2016, which is a year at the time of this writing.
Why should we include AllCast in our selection? Simply because it is a powerful tool for streaming enthusiasts. With this, you no longer need to watch videos on your smartphone screen as you can stream videos to your Chromecast, Smart TV or Xbox while continuing to perform other tasks with your Android smartphone. Even Apple TV is supported by the app.
Just a minor issue, video playback is limited to 5 minutes in the free version. To take full advantage of it, you will have to choose the Premium version, which is available in the Play Store for a price of 3.65 euros. One advice, before purchasing the paid version, download the free version first to check the compatibility of your equipment.
If you’ve searched for a video player at least once, you surely know MX Player, a reference in the Play Store. Extremely efficient, the interface is very intuitive. It uses horizontal and vertical movements. Hardware acceleration, subtitle management and even zoom in videos! Codecs can be downloaded separately. The app is free, but a paid version is also available to support the developers of this great app!
MX Player no longer has much to prove on Android and prevent a disaster, it should remain one of the references in its field. Long available on Android, it is first mentioned when searching for an alternative video player on Google’s mobile operating system.
Archos also presents its app on Play Store. The manufacturer offers a particularly interesting solution. In addition to the content available on the smartphone, the media player SMB can access your NAS or other devices on the network via UPnP. The video library is organized automatically by grouping files from different sources.
The application also benefits from an interface adapted to Android TV, which is not available in all its competitors. Supports AC3/DTS pass-through (HDMI or S/PDIF) for compatible devices: Nexus Player, NVidia SHIELD TV, Rockchip and AmLogic based TV boxes. In order not to spoil the user experience, night mode is also offered. It is undoubtedly a rival solution to Plex and Kodi that should be considered. Regarding Archos Player, a free version is available in the Google store, but a paid version is also available.
Some may recall the variety of Wondershare software available for computers devoted to all kinds of conversions. Wondershare also has a video player available for Android and it works very well. It’s also free, so trying it out will only waste you time.
One of the features that distinguishes Wondershare Player from others is, helps you find new videos to watch. Most codecs are also read by the application and of course subtitles.
We finish with BSPlayer, which is not the oldest but is especially visually solid. hardware management. If you have a powerful tablet or phone, it will be able to take advantage of their capabilities. One of the biggest rivals of MX Player!
BSPlayer is one of the biggest rivals of MX Player, especially thanks to its very good hardware acceleration management. Something to please those who own a high-end smartphone and tablet with a cutting-edge processor. On the other hand, the interface will not please everyone.
Kodi is like VLC, a very popular multiplatform solution. The old XBMC is a heavyweight player with a solid reputation over time, it’s possible to play content located on an Android device or remotely from a NAS or any other storage device on the network.
The publisher regularly brings new updates to its solution, and the interface is designed for our beloved ergonomically practical touchscreens. It is worth noting that the installation of many add-ons is also included to push the limits of possibilities.
Another popular solution that lets you enjoy your multimedia content from anywhere. The process is slightly different from all the solutions we’ve talked about so far, because to work you need a server on the one hand and a reader on the other, which takes the form of a web browser or an application.
Also, you must register first directly on the publisher’s website to ensure their servers are recognized if there are several, and this makes it possible to view the content on them from anywhere. The Android app is limited to one minute of viewing, you’ll have to go to the vault to unlock this limit, which can quickly prove frustrating.
The app can briefly play videos stored on Android device and you can also use Plex with Chromecast. The publisher also offers a Pass that allows, for example, users to use their Dropbox, Google Drive or Onedrive account to view the content stored there.
As the name suggests, media player It supports AC3 without installing any additional plugins. Its interface is particularly attractive and easy to learn using Google’s Material Design codes. It supports many video and audio formats. Subtitles are supported, playback speed control and sleep timer are part of the menu of this appetizing media player that we recommend you try! On top of that, it’s available for free.
Here is our selection of apps to play videos on your smartphone, tablet or any other device running Android. For your part, do not hesitate to let us know in the comments the solutions you are used to using.
Which one? the best for you ? And why ? What brings you more than others? Are you using one not mentioned in our selection? Tell us everything.