Google’s Android might be one of the world’s most popular mobile operating systems (OS), but a small bug can get you in trouble especially when it comes to playing certain media file formats.
It is true that every Android phone comes with its very own built-in music and video playing app, but this does not mean whatever media file formats you are copying on that particular device; it will accept them and play the same for you.
If you want to move on from such featureless music and video player application or you’re searching for an application, which is capable of handling various media (audio and video) file formats, download the below mentioned best video player apps for Android and IOS (iPhone or iPad).
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Free VLC video player
We all are aware of how classy this software is and what it is capable of doing. However, for those who do not know, VLC is one of the most loved and downloaded media players on the planet. It is a cross-platform, open-source media player that allows you to play almost any media file type, whether it is on a disc, another device, and network streaming protocols right out of the box, all without the need of any extra codec packs.
In May 2012, the VLC team stated that they were developing a variant of its popular desktop media player for the Android platform. After two years, the team released a stable release version of VLC i.e. 1.0 on the Android Marketplace. Here are my views and a brief review of the free VLC Android app.
VLC is a free app that has near about 50 to 100 Million Android users around the globe. The app is available on Google Play Store. It can work on any mobile phone or tablet that runs on Android 2.2 Frozen Yogurt aka Froyo and later versions.
If it is compatible with your device, you can download the VLC app’s 2.0.6 version, which comes in an APK file size of 13.86 MB. Further, once installed, this app uses a total space of 43.98 MB from your device’s internal storage memory, and on rare usage; it employs an average 9 MB to max 108 MB of RAM.
Using the VLC Android app is a remarkably easy task. Once you install it on your smartphone or tablet, start it. Now since you are about to use this app on your device for the very first time, VLC video player app will prompt you to grant it permission (may vary) for accessing photos, media, and files on your device, with options to “Deny or Allow.”
Make sure that you do not deny the request. However, if you do so (Deny), the VLC Android app would not be able to scan for media files on your device. Furthermore, it would become way too hard for you to play media file formats on your device that are not supported by the device’s built-in app.
Once you grant the permission, VLC will start the scanning process to find all media files saved on the internal as well as external storage memory. VLC will list the files it has found on the main interface.
Launching the app right away takes you to the videos section. Here it shows you brief details on all on-device videos like duration, time played, time remaining and its resolution.
Every video thumbnail flaunts a three dotted button in its top right-hand corner. When you tap on this button, VLC will display options to play all, append, play as audio, information, delete, and download subtitles. One tap on a selected file makes VLC play the file.
While watching a video, users may come across some handy features that would help them in improving their on-device video viewing experience. These include a sleep timer, jump to time, playback speed, play as audio, subtitle delay, audio delay, repeat mode, play video in a Pop-Up window, and go to the chapter function.
Switching from one media type to another is quite simple on the VLC Android app. If you don’t want to watch videos and you are in a mood of listening to your favorite music or you want to stream music or play files saved to the storage hardware of a PC connected to the same local network, just tap on the icon located at the top-left corner of the app. You can also swipe from left to right, which not only brings out other playback options, but also lets you change/add new directories, view/clear your history, and settings.
Music playing experience on this app is great. VLC has indeed been a powerful music-playing app that allows you to listen to your desired music files. Frankly speaking, I don’t like using third-party apps on my Moto G (3rd Gen), but after using VLC for a day or two, I disabled Google’s built-in Play Music application.
The app offers these standard audio playback options that are notable in other similar apps – a fully featured audio player, with a complete database, equalizer and filters, and playing all sorts of eerie audio formats.
What’s more, VLC Android app comes with an option to integrate playback controls with the lock screen. Many times, it happens that while playing a media file, especially audio, our device locks itself. As a result, we are unable to carry out any essential actions without unlocking it.
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Once you enable this feature, the VLC Android app will display brief details of that particular audio file, its album art, and a small rectangular box with basic control options like play, pause, next, and previous on the lock screen.
The user interface of VLC Android app is well-designed. All functions, as well as buttons on the app, are laid out clearly and neatly.
Other than that, if you want to switch the app’s skin from its regular white to gorgeous black, an option is there in settings for doing so.
VLC Android app also allows its user to configure the application as per their preferences.
Pros and cons of the VLC Android App:
- Stunning user interface (UI)
- Equalizer with filters
- Supports nearly every video and audio file format covering MKV, MP4, AVI, MOV, Ogg, FLAC, TS, M2TS, Wv, and AAC.
- Built-in codecs. No separate downloads required.
- Disk share support
- No annoying ads
- Subtitles, Closed Captions, and Teletext support
- No in-app purchases
- Open network streaming support (including adaptive streaming)
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Free MX Player
One of the best video player apps for Android tablets and mobile phones is MX Player. MXP has almost the same number of users as VLC. According to the Google Play Store, over 100 million Android device users love MXP.
Once you run this video player app, you will see a toast/popup that asks you to allow the app to access video and music files saved on the ROM or MicroSD card. Then, the app open its interface where you will see a list of folders where Android or iPhone is likely to save the media files. Users must tap on the list item to access its content.
MX Player shows the media content’s thumbnail and name in a list. MX Player lets you resume video playback of the files that were stopped abruptly by the user.
If internet connection is active on your phone/tablet, MX Player will show advertisements below the list. This free video player app plays high-definition (720p), full HD (1080p), 2K, and 4K files. MX Player supports network streaming. With this feature, you can enter the URL of a video file you want to play with this app.
The free MX music video player app lets you refresh the list of media files. It lets you browse files by folders and sort files by their title, status, played time, resolution, length, frame rate, location, size, date, and type.
The MX Player app for Android comes with various themes. It lets you display the last played media file in italics and colorize the notifications bar.
The app has an option to play hidden video and music files. It allows users to customize the video quality, brightness, orientation, etc.
The video player app has various controls and options for:
- Changing the default playback speed.
- Enable file preview below streaming it from the URL.
- Enabling fast seek module.
- Turn on smart playback feature.
- Turning on the background play feature.
- and more.
MXP lets you change the folder where subtitles of video files will be saved. You can configure it to play only music files i.e. MP3, MP4, WAV, MNV, etc.
The MX video player app has plenty of cool features. If you are searching for VLC app alternative, MX player should be there on your mobile device.
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Conclusion: The best Android video player apps are the ones which offer a great experience. They don’t annoy users with advertisements or make users search for alternative software for playing a file other than MP3, MPG, DVD, MP4 formats. The best video player apps provide unlimited features and top-notch playback experience. VLC and MX player are the top two applications for playing videos and music files. Don’t waste your time in searching for the 3rd best app.