May 31, 2014

Best Android Video Players of 2014

Best Android Video Players of 2014

Google’s Play Store is home to millions of applications and, in this post you will find seven of the best video playing tools for you to install on your Android device.
All the Video Playing apps in this article are listed randomly as all of them are really close in terms of performance. Most of the apps should work with any Android version, but there might some that will need you to run Android 4.0 or newer OS variants.
Most video players below have been downloaded millions of times already, but if you can think of other great similar players then you can post them in comments and we will continue to update the guide.

KMPlayer (HD Video, Media, Free):

KMPlayer
KMPlayer is currently one of the most reliable applications that you might want to test on your Android device. Some of its great features include KMP Connect that allows you to connect the computer with the mobile app allowing you to watch movies on the go.
The KMPlayer application is designed by PANDORA.TV and it provides support for playing almost any type of video format with an easy to use interface that works only with Android 4.0 and later versions. Another great thing about this release is that it allows you to fast forward, rewind, control volume and brightness levels using gestures. Also, its comprehensive Settings menu allows you to change video screen orientation, detect headset, subtitles support, file searching, and more.
This app is great if you’re planning on viewing any type of movie on your device. I personally like the stable and reliable media streaming capabilities when pairing KMPlayer with video content from different apps and websites.
The KMPlayer video playing app for Android can be installed from Google Play Store. The app is free to install
It doesn’t work with smartphones / tablets that are running OS versions older than Android 4.0. If your device doesn’t meet these requirements then you will need to turn your attention to other video players below.

MX Player Pro / Free editions:

MX Player Pro
MX Player for Android is already an established name as there are almost 500,000 installs and it provides Hardware acceleration for endless videos via H / W decoder, multi-core decoding support, pinch to zoom, swipe up or down on the right hand side of the screen to control volume levels, swipe up or down on the left hand side of the screen and control brightness,  swipe left or right on the upper side of the screen in order to seek video, and more other great gestures that you can use to gain full control over the video that is currently playing on your device.
This app is also capable of displaying any type of subtitle format, so you should be able to enjoy movies even if you’re in a noisy location.
MX Player comes in both paid and free editions. The Pro version removes the ads completely and enjoy the premium features.
Get the MX Player Pro from Google Play Store here. It costs $5.80.
Get the Free MX Player edition from Google Play Store here.

VLC for Android beta:

VLC for Android Beta
VLC for Android is the PC ported variant and since it release on the Play Store it has kept the ‘beta’ in its title. The application is fully capable of playing any type of video format, but it still ha some limitations as it doesn’t work with ARM v6 devices and Hardware Decoding is only available for a small array of devices.
A great thing about this player is that you can use it for both audio and video files. You can use it freely on your Android device in order to play video, stream video content, run DVD ISO files just like you can do with the VLC Desktop Edition, and more. Also, you can use its media library in order to find the media files faster and easier.
Other features of VLC beta for Android: support for subtitles and multi-track audio, aspect ratio options, gestures control for volume and brightness levels, widgets, audio headset control, cover art.
This app has been installed already over 100 millions times and it is free to use.
Install the VLC for Android Beta app from Google Play Store. Note that this app might not support some specific devices.

VPlayer Video Player:

VPlayer Video Player
A small but extremely stable and reliable video player capable of decoding and rendering HD MKV, mkv, 3gp, avi, m4v and multiple other video formats. It is great if you’re also planning on streaming content via DLNA, NAS, Wifi, Dropbox, Gmail, UPnP, YouTube.
All VPlayer Video Player feature and functions can only be used for seven days, after that you will have to purchase the Unlocker tool. The greatest thing about this app is that it allows owners of Dual-core devices to play even the highest possible video format. It comes with full support for HW / SW rendering of MPEG-4,H.264, along with SW RMVB, VP6, VP9, Xvid, and more.
Other features: support for HTTP streaming, it can play almost any type of subtitle format, subtitle settings for better visibility, MKV subtitle extraction is supported, etc. The app is fully free to use for seven days, but after that you will need to pay $4.99 in order to unlock the full Premium edition.
Install the VPlayer Video Player for Android 2.3 and later from Google Play Store.
In order to unlock the PRO edition you will need to buy the VPlayer Unlocker app from Google Play Store here.

MoboPlayer:

MoboPlayer
An Android video player that has been already downloaded and installed ten million times, a number that continue to grow with each week that goes by. It is a great tool that isn’t much more different than the ones listed above, but it comes with a very reliable software (S/W) decoding engine, so that you will be able to play almost any type of format.
It comes with full support for SRT, ASS and SAA subtitle formats as well as support for build-in subtitles usually found in MOV, MPV, MKV and other similar formats. Other smaller features: multi-audio streams, multi-subtitles, playlists, continuous play for same type file formats, video streaming via RTSP or HTTP, sorting options for media files, etc.
MoboPlayer is designed by Mobo Team and it is free to install and use. It can be downloaded for any device that runs on Android 2.0 and newer versions. It is a fast and reliable video playing tool that you should at least try for a couple of days in order to see if it matches your expectations.
Install the MoboPlayer for Android from Google Play Store.
In case you find some video formats that aren’t working then you might wish to check the Mobo Team codec installation links here.

DicePlayer:

DicePlayer
A video player created by INISOFT_DEV with features such as gesture controls for volume levels, seek, brightness, pinch to zoom as well as aspect ration options, pop-up play, multiple subtitle and audio tracks, external subtitles are supported, HW acceleration which depends on your device’s HW capabilities.
DicePlayer for Android can play avi, mov, flx, 3gp, wmv, mtp, m2ts, asf, mp4, and others more. It comes with support for network stream like HTTP, Windows Share, WebDAV and FTP. HTTP Live Streaming is great and fast, it supports all popular subtitle formats. This app is packed full with feature and you will only be able to learn about it by installing and testing the app for several days.
This DicePlayer tool works with all the Android 2.2 and later versions. It is also available for free installation, so you won’t need to pay anything in order to test or use it. The app has been installed over one million times and it currently holds a 4.4 rating from more than 18,000 voters.
If you want DicePlayer on your device then you should head to Google Play Store here and install it.

BSPlayer FREE:

BSPlayer
Just like its desktop counterpart, the BSPlayer edition for Android is one of the most reliable video playing applications every created. The app is FREE to install, but you can also choose to get the PRO edition and you will get experimental support for Chromecast and no ads.
The Free edition of BSPlayer comes with almost all the features that are present in the PRO edition, so you should give the free one a try before deciding to purchase the full version.
General Features of BSPlayer for Android: hardware accelerated video decoding, automatic subtitle search just like the one you can find in the desktop version, audio pre-amplification that permits users to boost volume levels up to 500%, aspect ratio adjustment options, zoom support, multi-audio and multi-subtitle tracks, pop-up window audio and video playback support, multi-core suport, child lock and support for USB on-the-go. There are tons of other great features and functions that will make you use this app, but you can only decide after testing it.
Get BSPlayer free for Android from Google Play Store here.
Get the PRO edition of BSPlayer from Google Play Store here.
The Full BSPlayer edition costs $6.75 and it gets rid of all ads and adds support for Chromecast.
If you can think of any other video players, then you can tell us in comments and we will update the guide after testing the suggested apps

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