Test Results and Reviews of 10 Best Android Movie Player Apps

Choosing Guide: Testing results and reviews on the ten most robust Android video players apps.

Movie playback is one area where Google hasn’t really done much on Android. Android’s stock Gallery does a decent job of playing videos but can’t recognize certain formats and doesn’t allow you to set up playlists. Truth be told, its standard video player is still a defiantly dull grey and lifeless experience. But the good news is that there are a ton of Android video player apps to tackle your TV shows, movies and viral clips. But which one is right for you? Today, I’m taking a look at the ten most hotly-anticipated Android movie playback apps coming to the Play Store.

MoboPlayer | MX Player | BSPlayer Free | mVideoPlayer | RealPlayer | QQPlayer | Movie Player Vista | VPlayer Video Player | Super Video, Floating & Popup | VLC Beta

Video Player App Choosing Guide

PS. I tested these apps using a Samsung Galaxy S3 running Android 4.0.4 with a variety of files and formats (MPG, AVI, MKV, MP4 and FLV), including a few with subtitles. Bear in mind that these apps mostly support the SRT format for subtitles and usually need them to be named exactly the same as the video file and placed in the same folder.

MoboPlayer

Overview: MoboPlayer leads the pack with high-quality playback, a great interface, simple controls, an easy-to-use playlist and perhaps the best multi-format support out there. Subtitles also work fine and can be easily customized. There are a couple of interesting touches: MoboPlayer can play the last-accessed file from where you left off, and allows you to use your hardware volume buttons to control audio level or video position.

The UI also reflects how well-built and full-featured the app is – you can go through your files in list, grid and cover flow views, search and sort by file size, duration and resolution. MoboPlayer also supports streaming directly from URLs if you’re into that kind of thing. All in all, it’s the best player out there in terms of performance and has a great mix of features.

User Reviews From Google Play:

MoboPlayer for Video Playback:

Price: Free
Requires: Android 1.6 or above
Google Play Link: MoboPlayer
Developer: Mobo Team

MX Player

Overview: MX Player is great for the power user — it offers a ton of options including deinterlacing, audio track selection, information display and locked screen options. The app features a simple clean UI that allows you access preferences on the fly without crowding the screen. Subtitles can be loaded using a menu from the Now Playing options screen.

Want more? There are settings for screen orientation, brightness control, touch response actions, navigation and subtitle display options, and even a Cover Flow-style file view. Plus, it performs very well across formats by automatically selecting the appropriate decoder to deliver a lag-free experience. Easily one of my favorites, MX Player is an example of high-quality app development.

User Reviews from Google Play:

MX Player For Video Playback:

Price: Free
Requires: Android 2.1 or above
Google Play Link: MX Player
Developer: MX Technologies

BSPlayer FREE

Yes, it’s by the same developers who made the very competent PC media player app. BSPlayer Lite, the free Android version holds up its legacy quite well, with quality performance on various formats, subtitle display and plenty of features for power users, including support for multiple audio streams, detailed file info display and aspect ratio toggling.

The file browser looks fairly plain but the player interface is skinned like a desktop player and allows you to apply additional skins too. There are versions of this app for ARM v5/v6/v7 CPU devices as well. If you like your apps pretty and with powerful, give BSPlayer a try.

User Reviews from Google Play:

BSPlayer For Video Playback:

Price: Free
Requires: Android Varies with device
Google Play Link: BSPlayer FREE
Developer: AB Team Ltd.

mVideoPlayer

Overview: mVideoPlayer is what I would say one of the best video player replacement application available for Android, with a lot of useful and handy features and a nice and clean interface it greatly improves on Android’s built-in video player. If you are upgrading from the fre version to the pro version and want to keep your library you should go to Preference – Advanced and backup your library. Then you just select restore in the pro version.

This app DOES ONLY PLAY WHAT YOUR PHONE ALREADY SUPPORTS so if you were looking for anything else, don’t waste your time. It could however be used as a video library browser because it allows you to open videos with other applications. You can even select which application you want to use by default in preferences.

User Reviews From Google Play:

mVideoPlayer For Video Playback:

Price: Free
Requires: Android 2.1 or above
Google Play Link: mVideoPlayer
Developer: Daniel Nilsson

RealPlayer

Overview: RealPlayer for Android is an “All-In-One” media player app, which not only plays your favorite music, but also plays videos and displays the photos stored on your smartphone. As soon as you open the app, you will be greeted with an amazing homescreen as shown above. It will take a couple of minutes for the app to search your Android device for media contents. You can find the option to select Playlists, Albums, Genres, Songs, Artists along with Videos and Photos on the app’s homescreen.

User Reviews From Google Play:

RealPlayer for Video Playback:

Price: Free
Requires: Varies with device
Google Play Link: RealPlayer
Developer: Real

QQPlayer

Overview: QQPlayer features a beautiful ICS-inspired interface that’s simple to use. Performance-wise it’s fine but I noticed that it had trouble with MP4 files, and occasionally returned to the file browser upon trying to seek in a video. It displays subtitles just fine, though, and makes it easy to lock the screen and take screenshots.

Apart from supporting a wide variety of formats, it also supports SMI subtitles and MKV embedded subtitles, as well as multiple audio track switching. QQPlayer is worth following if you’re looking for a well-designed player, and I recommend checking it out.

User Reviews from Google Play:

QQPlayer For Video Playback:

Price: Free
Requires: Android 2.1 or above
Google Play Link: QQPlayer
Developer: QQ

Movie Player Vista

Overview: Here’s a basic option for those who aren’t too picky about their apps. Movie Player Vista can play local video files as well as YouTube videos with an optional plugin – nice but slightly redundant since the default YouTube app is great. The UI follows ICS design guidelines, but also shows some unskinned elements which i’m not a fan of.

Performance was passable – I did notice a bit of stuttering once in a while, which I didn’t see with some other apps. Subtitles are supported but can’t be customized. There’s a feature called My Movies which seems to offer a social side to consuming videos, but I couldn’t get it to work – hopefully the next update will address that. It also lacks a screen lock, which is a must-have feature for when you’re on the move.

User Reviews from Google Play:

Movie Player Vista For Video Playback:

Price: Free
Requires: Android 2.1 or above
Google Play Link: Movie Player Vista
Developer: Pipal Team

VPlayer Video Player

Overview: This is a plain-and-simple video player that does its job very well. Sporting a minimal interface, Vplayer offers several options to customize your playback experience, including deinterlacing and hard/soft decoding, and a screen lock. It can also play in the background, display all kinds of info about your video files and performs well across formats. Worth a shot.

User Reviews from Google Play:

VPlayer For Video Playback:

Price: Free
Requires: Android 2.1 or above
Google Play Link: VPlayer Video Player
Developer: ABitNo

Super Video, Floating & Popup

Overview: This will suit tablet users who have a lot of screen real-estate – apart from playing videos full-screen as most players do, it can also float on top of your home screen or any other running app and continue to play. This functionality works really well, as the app isn’t affected by hardware buttons and doesn’t lag when other apps are in use.

Super Video plays most formats out of the box but requires the free Vitamio plugin to support certain formats like FLV. Subtitles work fine. It’s great that you can always get back to fullscreen and even toggle aspect ratio from the floating player. The interface is unfortunately very dated, and looks out of place on today’s smartphones. If you’re using a tablet though, the unique floating functionality is worth overlooking the UI for.

User Reviews from Google Play:

Super Video, Floating & Popup For Video Playback:

Price: Free
Requires: Android 1.5 or above
Google Play Link: Super Video, Floating & Popup
Developer: Gpc

BONUS – VLC Beta (NEON version)

Overview: Since this has been in the news of late, I thought it might be worth checking out. As the name suggests, this is very much still in beta and therefore had some performance issues such as stutters and lags on ordinary files.Subtitles work fine, but the options for their display, and other features need to be fleshed out before it launches. While the UI is decent, it isn’t mindblowing and could do with some work to spice things up. I’d recommend that you wait for the final release before you grab this one.

User Reviews from Google Play:

VLC Beta For Video Playback:

Price: Free
Requires: Android 2.1 or above
Google Play Link: VLC Beta (NEON version)
Developer: VLC Mobile Team

So there you have it – ten video players for your on-the-go viewing pleasure. While they’re all mostly similar to each other, MoboPlayer and MX Player are the ones that impressed me the most with their performance and feature sets – the former being so good that I wouldn’t mind paying for it, since I don’t have to ever worry about converting a video before transferring it to my device.

I hope you found this roundup useful. Take a look at the gallery below for screenshots of each app. Once you’ve picked your favorite, rustle up some popcorn and settle down to that movie you’ve been meaning to watch for ages. Happy watching!

Additonal Tips — Choosing Guide for Android Video Player App:

The software maker clearly much keener on pushing its online sales and rental channels on Google Play, rather than encouraging users to fill their mobiles with their own movie files. That said, a decent Android model – and even older phones such as Samsung’s excellent Galaxy SII – have more than enough power to run today’s HD video content.

Although manufacturer politics can play a part in unfairly restricting video playback. Some mobiles only officially allow their users to play MP4 files, for example, as if they somehow convey more legitimate forms of media than the other movie formats available. Plus, when it comes to video playback, the dread and often overstated Android fragmentation situation really is a big issue.

But it’s a hardware problem in the most part. The huge variety in Android chip suppliers out there, from old handsets with single-core ARMv6 chips up to 2012′s quad-core monsters, means that some phones won’t work very well as media players no matter what app you use.

Put simply, if your phone is still an HTC Wildfire, none of the apps here will get HD MKV files running smoothly on your phone. But, if you do have something relatively modern with a fast processor, the following media apps ought to spice up Google’s rather boring movie playback options, and at least widen your options when it comes to video viewing.

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