Best Video Players for Android Phones

Here is a list of the best video players for Android. I have reviewed them after testing the apps on my phone. I have written a small description for each app and analyzed their features as Pros/Cons. Enjoy:)

BSPlayer lite:

From the developers of the PC video player of the same name, their Android counterpart excels in playing almost all video formats. Couldn’t play .MOV files. The install Size is about 11mb, and requires an additional codec (6mb)

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Requires: Android  2.1 or later

Market Link: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.bsplayer.bspandroid.free

Formats supported: 3gp, avi, flv, mkv, mp4, mpg, wmv

Pros: Plays Video/audio files, Playlist support, Subtitle support (can also download subtitles), Capture Screenshots. Swipe to seek, Software/Hardware decoding, 3D Thumbnails(Landscape),  Full-screen (fit to screen), Battery Indicator, Media info button (framerate, size, etc), Remembers playback position
Cons: Ad supported, Large size

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MoboPlayer: (Editor’s Choice)

MoboPlayer is the best video player out there. A video player without ads, plays almost all video formats and supports streaming videos. Can’t beat that.

Requires: Android  1.6 or later

Market Link: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.clov4r.android.nil
(Requires additional codec)

Formats supported: 3gp, avi, flv, mkv, mov, mp4, mpg, wmv

Pros: Full featured and free, No ads, HD Playback, Battery friendly, Beautiful UI with thumbnail support( 3D in Landscape), Plays all major formats, Subtitles (with custom font, color and size), Remembers playback position, Playlists, Displays Battery & Clock , Screen Lock, Custom Background color, Scan media folder, Streaming media
Cons: None

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mvideoplayer:

mvideoplayer is a decent video player. The only down side are it is ad supported and cannot play videos which aren’t supported by the device. So basically it plays just 3gp and mp4 for me.

Requires: Android  2.0 or later

Market Link: https://market.android.com/details?id=afzkl.development.mVideoPlayer

Formats supported: Only the videos supported by device

Pros: Playlist support,Remembers playback position, Shake to resume, IMDB search, Sidebar, Subtitle/poster search and download , Fit to screen, Swipe to seek, Seek to Position, Subtitles customization, List by posters/thumbnail/normal, Battery and Time indicator, Play previous/next buttons, Lock the screen (prevents accidentally touching of the screen to stop playback), Bookmarks
Cons: Ads, No codec (only videos supported by the device can be played)

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MX Video Player: 

Almost on par with MoboPlayer, except it has ads and doesn’t have a 3D video folder view, streaming media support. Requires additional codec.

Requires: Android  2.1 or later

Market Link: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.mxtech.videoplayer.ad

Formats supported: 3gp, avi, flv, mkv, mov, mp4, mpg, wmv
Pros: HD Playback, Simple UI,Remembers playback position, Software/Hardware Decoder, Subtitles (with custom font, color, size),
Cons: Ads, No Playlists, No portrait mode

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QQ Player:

My 2nd choice Video Player. Plays almost all video formats. Also it is the only player in this list which doesn’t require internet permissions, so we can’t download subtitles, but hey it means no ads either😛

Requires: Android  1.5 or later

Market Link: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.tencent.research.drop

Formats supported: 3gp, avi, flv, mkv, mov, mp4, mpg, wmv

Pros: Doesn’t connect to the internet, Buit-in codecs, Displays battery stats, Supports Major video formats, Hardware/Software decoder, Subtitle support with customization, Swipe to seek, Remembers playback position, Continue button to play last file
Cons: Can’t download subtitles

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Realplayer:

An all-in-one multimedia app which can play music, videos and view your photo gallery. Doesn’t have any way to configure the player/playback. It is in beta stage, perhaps they will improve it. Try it just for the interface.

Requires: Android  1.6 or later

Market Link: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.real.RealPlayer

Formats supported: Only the videos supported by device

Pros: Small size, Beautiful Interface,Audio Playlists, Plays Audio/video files, Photo viewer (slideshows, sharing option), Full-screen video, Remembers playback position
Cons: Ads, doesn’t display battery stats, No options (seriously), No codecs (can only play files supported by the device)

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Rock Player Lite:

Another video player that can play many popular video formats. Has an ugly R in the top left corner that can be annoying if you watch videos in full screen mode, but other than that it is quite good.

Requires: Android  1.6 or later

Market Link: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.redirectin.rockplayer.android.unified.lite

Formats supported: 3gp, avi, flv, mkv, mp4, mpg, wmv

Pros: Hardware/Software Decoding, Remembers playback position, Plays major video formats, Battery Indicator, Subtitle support (with customization options), Show Hidden files, Full-screen videos, Media information Button
Cons: Has a big red ugly R in the top left hand corner, Ads, Large size, No swipe to seek, No playlists

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Vital Player:

Decent video player.Supports major video formats, even played flash videos in my phone. Noticed a slight lag in some videos (same videos which I tested with other players)

Requires: Android  1.6 or later

Market Link: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.dgo.VitalPlayer

Formats supported: 3gp, avi, flv, mkv, mp4, mpg, swf,  wmv

Pros: Remembers playback position, Subtitles support (with customization options), Screen capture, Plays SWF (flash videos, but I couldn’t fast forward), Battery , Time and Date indicator, Resume previous play (handy to play last video if you exit the player)
Cons: Ads, slight lag during playback (maybe its just me)

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Testing Environment:

LG P500 Optimus One
OS: Cyanogen Mod 7 (mik_os)

Apps not reviewed:
arcMedia, iMPlayer+

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Ashwin is addicted to Android and PC softwares, loves to write reviews, especially about freewares :)

15 Responses to Best Video Players for Android Phones

  1. Pingback: Best Video Players for Android Phones « Ashwin's Blog | Android Apps And Tips And Tricks

  2. Samuel says:

    Great list Ashwin. Moboplayer looks great. BTW, your new logo looks awesome AG :p

  3. Nikhil says:

    hi Ashwin,
    Really great list of video players:)
    currently using QQPlayer as suggested by you, it does play all formats but no proper synchronization between audio and video😦
    may try the MoboPlayer.
    keep up the good work:)
    Regards

  4. bobosksins says:

    Would be good to add a comparison with Diceplayer. DP seems to have more gpu acceleration than many of the others (including most mkv files).

    I like Mobo, QQ, vital and mxplayer but DP has it for me at the moment….

    • ashwingeek says:

      Thanks for the suggestion, but this post is about free Video players only. Besides, Diceplayer has a 3 day trial period, far too short for a trial version.

      I personally use Mobo Player, have converted movies from my DVDs and watch it in HD Resolution without any lag:)

  5. Anna says:

    Great list dear!

  6. henryjm says:

    nice info! its a full free version or trail

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