Android users who spend most of their time watching videos and movies often look beyond the native video player. And the Google Play Store is inundated with third party video player apps. There’s a long list of apps that offer some cool touch gesture support, enhanced video player and more. Moreover, your stock Android player may not support all file formats; this problem is also resolved by some third party apps. We have listed here five such video player apps that are worth trying.
Popular for a reason
This is one of the most popular video players. And why not, it has tons of convenient features to offer! Firstly, it supports multi-core core processing for the latest Android devices, which eventually offers good rendering of HD movies without any lag. The interface is appealing and you can choose a theme to suit your mood. You can easily zoom in and out by pinching and swiping across the screen and sweep to forward/rewind. It supports screen gestures to control the brightness and contrast too. There are some cool options like subtitle scrolling, which lets you adjust and match the previous or next subtitle timings, and kids lock option to ensure that kids are entertained without having to worry about them making calls or touching other apps. It supports almost all file formats, including 3gp, avi, divx, f4v, flv and mkv to name a few. It is a free app and you need Android 2.1 and above, but if you find the ads annoying, then simply opt for the Pro version.
MoboPlayer – Free
Easy and convenient UI combined with high quality content display
MoboPlayer is yet another popular app capable of displaying high-quality content. It has an easy to use UI, which proves to be really beneficial when combined with its simple controls. It supports most file formats and provides gesture based functions to change the brightness, playback position and volume without ever bringing up the player controls. The highlight of the player is its ability to download streaming videos. It can stream videos through HTTP or RTSP protocols. You can also play the last-accessed file exactly from the point you left off. This app can be downloaded for free and requires Android 1.6 and above.
RockPlayer – Free
RockPlayer2 is here
RockPlayer Lite has now gone a step ahead with its newest version dubbed RockPlayer2. The app has become faster, audio/video are synchronised perfectly and the user experience has been optimised for touchscreen. Moreover, you will see a lot of new features such as gesture based video controls. The interface is without any bells and whistles and rather tad simple, but that couldn’t stop us from including this powerful app in our list. It supports many file formats, including mkv, avi, rmvb, flv, wmv, mov, and mp4, and has a customisable play control bar. If the Google Play Store page doesn’t let you download the link by saying that your country doesn’t support it, you can still go ahead and download the apk from here. The app supports devices running Android 2.3 or higher.
Feature-loaded and quality video display
Another app worth trying is the BSPlayer for Android. This app supports almost all video files and comes with hardware accelerated video playback along with dual and quad-core decoding support, which helps improve the playback speed. It can playback media files directly via Wi-Fi from your LAN shared drives/folders such as external USB drives, PC shared folders and NAS servers, negating the need to convert video files and copy media files to SD card. The app offers Android 4.2 Jelly Bean MR1 compatibility. The player interface is akin to its desktop version and lets you apply additional skins. The app has several versions for ARM v5/v6/v7 CPU devices. BSPlayer has a Pro version too, which comes minus the advertisements and has some additional features like touchscreen gestures, aspect-ratio adjustments, zoom and so on.
Offers a wide range oi features
Next in our list is VPlayer that supports a wide range of file formats and uses HW accelerated decoding and rendering of videos. It lets dual core, high-end devices play 720p and even 1080p MKV/AVI/MOV/FLV/TS/M4V/3GP with ease. VPlayer can also play streamed videos; it also supports YouTube. One will find DLNA support and can even watch videos from Facebook and Dropbox. It comes with mutiple subtitle tracks support along with increased subtitle readability with thicker border and shadow around text. It will run on devices featuring Android 2.3 and above. VPlayer offers free trial for seven days with full features, but once the trial period expires, users will have to buy the 'VPlayer Unlocker' to continue using the app.
While we think all these video player apps are worth a try, do let us know in the comments section below what you think about them.
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Publish date: December 15, 2012 4:40 pm| Modified date: December 19, 2013 5:49 am
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