If you have a video file that won’t play on your Android phone or tablet, give MX Player a try. This free powerful media player supports just about every major video format and even plays audio.
Ton of features for videophiles
MX Player impressed me with how much you can customize the experience. There are options to change the theme of the player and to enable/disable buttons in the interface.
There are even more options to enable advanced features like hardware acceleration. This comes in handy when you’re trying to decode high-resolution video files, letting the GPU help with decoding instead of relying on the CPU. MX Player even supports multi-core decoding, taking advantage of more powerful Android devices.
With the customization and flexibility of MX Player comes some confusion and trial and error. Some videos may play fine with hardware acceleration while others may not. You’ll have to experiment with which decoder to use for specific video codecs.
Perhaps the most useful feature of MX Player is its support for subtitles. Anime and foreign film fans will love this feature. It even lets you control out of sync subtitles so it matches up perfectly with the audio.
For parents, MX Player features the ability to block kids from exiting the app and wreaking havoc on your phone or tablet.
It just works
If you just want a video player that works, MX Player is great. It works out of the box and has a simple, easy to use interface.
However, if you need more customization, you can dig into the plethora of settings, which can be intimidating for some. For videophiles, having advanced options is great.
While VLC is one of the best media players for desktop, it’s mobile offering lags behind (it’s still in beta). MX Player steps up and offers what VLC should have for mobile devices. KMPlayer and BSPlayer are other alternatives to consider.
Powerful video player with all-format audio support (including AC-3), advanced hardware acceleration and subtitle support.
a) ALL AUDIO FORMATS SUPPORTED – MX Player is the most powerful video player which supports almost all the audio formats, including AC-3, MP3, AAC etc.
b) MULTI-CORE DECODING – MX Player is the first Android video player which supports multi-core decoding. Test result proved that multi-core device’s performance is up to 70% better than single-core devices.
c) PINCH TO ZOOM, ZOOM AND PAN – Easily zoom in and out by pinching and swiping across the screen. Zoom and Pan is also available by option.
d) SUBTITLE GESTURES – Scroll forward/backward to move to next/previous text, Up/down to move text up and down, Zoom in/out to change text size.
e) KIDS LOCK – Keep your kids entertained without having to worry that they can make calls or touch other apps. (plugin required)
– DVD, DVB, SSA/ASS subtitle tracks.
– SubStation Alpha(.ssa/.ass) with full styling.
– SAMI(.smi) with Ruby tag support.
About “Draw over other apps” permission: This permission is required to block system buttons when input blocking is activated on the playback screen.
About “Pair with Bluetooth devices” permission: This permission is required to improve AV sync when Bluetooth headset is connected.
About “Disable screen lock” permission: This permission is required to remove screen lock temporarily when Kids lock mode is used. Nevertheless, secure screen lock will not be disabled.
About “Control vibration”, “Prevent device from sleeping” permissions: These permissions are required for media playback on some devices.
One of the best media players for Android
MX Player can be as simple or as complex as you want but in the end, it just works. All of its features are available for free with ads. There’s a “Pro” version you can download as well but it’s more of a donation to its developers than a requirement.