Not all Android handsets are created equal when it comes to video playback - some support Divx/Xvid/MKV video files out of the box, others don't, some can load subtitles if you need them, and others, well... can't.
Thankfully you always have the Play Store to remedy all your manufacturer-UI-overlay-and-preloaded-apps pains that are so common, and video players fit right into the category where these issues can be easily solved with capable third party apps, so we round up a few of the best ones for your convenience.
Not only sporting rich video/audio codecs and subtitle support, they also allow streaming the huge collections from your NAS drives or shared media folders, you can use gestures to change the volume and screen brightness, or forward/rewind, even zoom while playing.
Unfortunately, there is no video player out there that does it all, so you'd have to get a few that do one niche activity or another better than the most popular players, but, especially on a big screen Android device, stellar video playback is worth all minor hassles.
Best video players for Android
Best video players for Android
The most downloaded video player at the Play Store is popular for a reason. Besides vast format and subtitle support, it allows you to rule your playback with simple gestures, like swiping up/down for volume adjustments, or left/right for moving into the video.
Hey, it even allows you pinching to zoom in your video while playing, timing subtitles with scroll, kids lock and advanced streaming! Quirks are issues on some handsets when playing high-res MKV files, sound issues, as it doesn't support DTS, and it also needs a bit better video folder list interface, but overall you can't go wrong with it. Comes with Jelly Bean and full multicore processor support.
What MX Player has troubles with, Mobo Video Player Pro will run and vice versa, is the word out, so if you install those two, you are golden as far as Android video playback goes. The added value here is the excellent grid interface of your video collection, regardless of the source, while downside is that its stability and performance vary from one device to another.
While quite clunky in terms of its interface, compared to the best out there, BSPlayer is no BS - hardware accelerated, like MX and Mobo, it runs even MKVs with 1080 definition and DTS without a sound hitch, something that MX Player struggles with.
BSPlayer has arguably the best streaming support, too, so you can enjoy your huge NAS or shared PC folder collection without hassles. Added bonus - automatic subtitle finder for your movies when connected to the Internet.
QQ Player has a very appealing interface, and can play MOV files, apart from the usual rich formats, subtitle and gesture support. It basically plays everything you throw at it, save for the notable lack of streaming video support.
The added value here is the Private locker, where you can stash password-accessible videos you don't want others to see, you know what we mean.
With a very nice player interface that has all gesture commands but pinching to zoom in the video, Dice Player also supports many formats, embedded subtitles and streaming over a network.
The added value is an easy way to change the playback speed from the player's interface and asf streaming, while downsides are stability, as well as the lock screen issue with some devices.
Polished ICS-themed interface, multiple formats and streaming videos support, opens QuickTime movies in browser, gesture commands for screen brightness and volume, as well as video zoom - the VPlayer has it all.
Unfortunately it hasn't been updated for a while, and its hardware acceleration often has issues with lag or skipping in the first few frames. Still one of the better alternatives out there. Trial version can be unlocked for $1.99 now.