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One of the best things about having a smartphone is getting your media on the go. While most Android devices are pr...
One of the best things about having a smartphone is getting your media on the go. While most Android devices are preloaded with default players, there are always apps coming out that are better and more intuitive.
Let’s check out a few of the more attractive options.
The Songza app is a free service for customizing your playlist according to your mood, the season, or even the time of day. There are thousands of playlists to choose from for every occasion.
If you’re more into podcasts and radio shows, then Stitcher is the app for you. It has an extensive collection of livestreams and locally-stored content. You can also mark the shows or episodes you want to listen to later.
Plex isn’t free, but it’s great for organizing and sharing media across all of your enabled devices. You can access music, video, and other media wherever you are. Plex converts media as you play it, making virtually anything work on your device. Plus, you can access online channels and videos for on-demand viewing. It’s $4.99 per year to install, but if you want cloud and Chromecast support, you’ll need PlexPass ($29.99 per year).
MXPlayer is one of the best video players for most Android formats. It supports multi-core decoding (the first Android app to do so), which makes your video watching smoother, and you can have subtitles for those pretentious foreign films you love so much. You may have to download codec manually for some video formats, but otherwise it’s all good.
According to Wikipedia, the “BS” is for “Boris,” but we don’t really know. At any rate, there’s no BS about how configurable it is and how easy it makes watching video, since it supports most formats, including those not normally compatible with your Android device. It’ll even scan your device for suitable media and look for available subtitles. It’s free with ads and $6.75 for the ad-free Pro version.
This one’s almost as good as MXPlayer, but it has codec problems with certain videos. The bad thing is VPlayer doesn’t offer a manual download of the missing codecs. Otherwise, it’s a great player. And It’s free.
If you have VLC on your PC then you know that this is the simplest yet most versatile player you can find. Seemingly unfazed by any video or audio format, if it’s there, VLC will play it. You could say the same thing about the Android version, and it’s similarly difficult to configure, and heavy on resources. But if all you want to do is watch/listen with no frills, this is the perfect player.
If you like ‘em pretty, this is the player app for you. It supports only native formats, so it’s not exactly flexible, but it looks way cool when it works.
This is the player of choice for many Android users because of its playback quality and wide compatibility in software decoding mode. It supports multi-audio streams (a big advantage over other media players), and will also play streaming video.
Last but not least, hardcore video geeks may want to check out this hardware accelerated media player. It allows network streaming for easy access to uploaded media collections. Its repertoire of compatible formats is not as extensive as most, but it does have the cojones to play MKV files in high def.
Let’s hear about your favorite player app. Post your thoughts below.