Every smartphone device these days comes packed with bloatware out of the box. Well, of course it includes useful stuff too, still most of it is just something we don’t actually require. Our lovely Android phones also have at least one video player app that proudly playbacks our favorite videos, provided they meet the required video format. Alright, it may sound perfect for casual users, but thankfully, Google Play Store is full of blossoming alternatives that simply go beyond where their stock counterparts fail. If you think the stock video player in your Android handset isn’t already doing enough, check out these 3 powerful game changing alternate Android video players.
It didn’t take much long for this quality app to dethrone other best video players off the Google Play Store. Not only is it free, but it’s also one of the top free apps for Android. MX Player is designed to playback any video format you throw at it. No matter if it’s AVI, MPEG, MP4, MKV, DIVX, XVID, WMV, MOV, FLV, VOB – you name it MX Player takes care of the job. Got some videos including subtitles too? No worries. The app fully supports sub streams included in many of the video containers, such as SRT, SUB, PSB, MPL etc. The coolness doesn’t just lie in the number of file extensions it supports – the app also looks quite astonishing and easy to navigate with its simple swiping gestures, for changing brightness, tinkering with the volume or adjusting the seekbar position. Moreover, there are plenty of settings in the app’s configuration menu.
The application has support for almost all the latest devices, but separate codec packs are also available on Play Store, including ARMv6 and ARMv7, if you experience any playback nuisance. In addition, the latest update now includes HW+ decoding which means more videos can now be hardware accelerated. The only drawback we found? It constantly displays in-app ads at the bottom during a hiatus in video session.
Even though MX Player is dubbed as the best video player around, MoboPlayer also has some serious muscle under the hood and is in fact, beats its fierce competitor under certain cases. For instance, MoboPlayer also supports playback of audio files, including MP3, WMA etc., something which our lovely MX Player lacks. Moreover, MoboPlayer can easily show hidden files within the app interface, so you may keep that sneaky stuff hidden all the time. The 3D gallery-esque media library adds both aesthetics and ease of use for navigating between audio and video files. All in all, the broad set of features, graphically rich UI and ergonomically friendly design of MoboPlayer offers enchanting music and video playback experience on the move.
Wondershare is known for developing fascinating applications on multiple platforms, including Windows and their Wondershare Player for Android app is quite flawless too. So what makes it stand apart from our other two recommendations? The answer is quite simple. Ravishing UI and ability to stream videos from popular video-hosting web services. It can stream videos from Hulu, YouTube Vevo, Dailymotion and so on. It also fully supports high definition playback for up to 1080p. Some of the salient features include, seamless video playback with ability to remember last played position, custom video decoding (hardware and software), 1080p HD video streaming support, swipe gestures similar to what MX Player has on offer, much lighter battery consumption under HW acceleration, DVD menu navigation support during DVD content playback, categorized menu for browsing online content such as movies and TV, and much more.