The best Android video player just got better


Labeled simply as "the best way to enjoy your movies", MX Player for Android is probably familiar to a lot of Android users by now. It's one of those rare apps that get most everything right.

A minimalist interface that never gets in the way? Check. Multi-core decoding, MKV container audio, pinch-to-zoom, zoom-and-pan finger gymnastics? Yep. Oh, did we mention automatic subtitle matching and subtitle gestures? Put your finger on the screen and swipe upwards, downwards, or to the sides to move text around or get to the previous/next piece of dialogue. 

Formats? This bad boy comes with codec support for 3gp, avi, divx, f4v, flv, mkv, mp4, mpeg, mov, vob, wmv, webm, xvid, and many more, basically whatever you throw at it. You can even select which decoder should handle which file type by yourself. Subtitle and audio formats are a plenty too - whatever you got, MX plays it. 

Other cool perks are the Background play feature that lets video files (or just their audio) run in the background while you work with other apps. With the latest MX Player update, however, the developers outdid themselves by introducing a picture-in-picture (PiP) functionality. 


Watch your local videos while browsing or doing something else, as long as you have Android 8+ on your phone (support for older versions, as well as Chromecast PiP is coming soon). The best part? The picture-in-picture functionality also works on the free version of MX Player, just hit the arrow next to the loop button, and the PiP icon is self-evident.

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15 Comments

1. Povea

Posts: 52; Member since: Jul 03, 2015

Some gives that honor to VLC player. I gave it a shot, and to be honest, it wasn't as impressive as MX player. I kinda agree with Phonearena on this one.

2. Tipus

Posts: 869; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

Mx player is better than Vlc, but Vlc even on the free version, doesn't have annoying ads taking half of the phone screen in the menu

4. Alter

Posts: 230; Member since: Mar 25, 2016

I use MX Player pro now but for years I used the free version and never saw any ads due to adaway.

3. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

It’s hard for any player to overthrown BSPlayer. PS: BSP had pip since last year.

5. TheOracle1

Posts: 2264; Member since: May 04, 2015

"It’s hard for any player to OVERTHROWN BSPlayer." Huh? Do you copy and paste directly from a dictionary? MX Player 500m downloads - ad impregnated and now owned by an Indian conglomerate but excellent otherwise. VLC 100m downloads - Open Source and unique granular controls with zero ads. BS Player 10m downloads - 9 million of those are from Leo since no one else even bothers with it. Advert infested like MX player. MX was/is great. But VLC is better now. BS Player fits Leo's B.S. so that tells us everything. Lol

6. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

So, you are saying the iPhone is the best smartphone, because is the best selling phone model out there?

10. TheOracle1

Posts: 2264; Member since: May 04, 2015

Huh? Read it again Einstein. I'm saying VLC is the best. You need medication.

11. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

VLC lacks some very useful and standard features that BSP has, so it can't possibly be better.

12. TheOracle1

Posts: 2264; Member since: May 04, 2015

Examples please.....

13. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Vlc is a powerful player and does almost every single task that bsp does. However, it doesn’t download subtitles (and position them), doesn’t have external audio, no video effects (you can only adjust the brightness, while with bsp you can also change the contrast, hue or the saturation, rotate the video or flip it); it doesn’t have editable gestures (I’m not saying that is a “must”, I’m saying that bsp has the option); editable codecs (again, not a must, but you can simply chose your codec with bsp). Both of them (plus MX) are excellent choices, it’s just that BS Player offers a little bit more. On the other hand, vlc pushes no ads, which is always good.

14. AlienKiss

Posts: 156; Member since: May 21, 2019

VLC does download subtitles automatically or manually. It's by choice. Also, you can choose the hardware acceleration used, you can boost the volume to 200%, it has PiP (picture in picture). Why would you want to change the colors of the video? Most of the people want to see the video in it's original format. BSP is cool, but I hate the fact that I cannot set the video to stretch on the display and it forces me to watch the movies in some aspect ratio I do not like.. It's interface is cute though..

15. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

You’re right: vlc can download subtitles; I had only one movie on (one of) my Android phone(s) and I can’t tell if it does it automatically, but I’m pretty sure it doesn’t come close to bsp subtitle databases. I said that those options are not a must - it’s just that bsp has them while vlc doesn’t. You have a button that changes the aspect ratio and one of the options is “stretch video” (you can also use the same gesture you use for YouTube). Again, both are great players, it’s just that bsp is slightly better.

7. audibot

Posts: 634; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

so they took all the feature of samsung video player and then some wow just wow

8. ijuanp03

Posts: 594; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Purchased MX Player Pro almost a decade ago and never looked back. Still my default video player even though i have changed phones a couple of times now. No stock player can match MX Player's versatility.

9. AlienKiss

Posts: 156; Member since: May 21, 2019

Last time I had MX Player installed, I used it once and then deleted it because I had to install another apk for the codecs, a thing that I didn't appreciate. VLC on the other hand, doesn't require any other app installed, there are no adds and it works great. I love the fact that you can download the subtitles automatically or manually, but most of all I like the gesture controls for illustration and volume. VLC is no 1! I also use MPlayer in the terminal sometimes just for fun.

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