MOST people have turned mobile first, be it in terms of payments, especially after demonetisation, or in terms of entertainment. While gaming had shifted to mobile phones quite a while back, with people hooked to Temple Run, Candy Crush and Subway Surfer, there’s a push towards videos now. More people are downloading and watching videos on their phones instead of their laptops. Though there is no doubt that 3G/4G has helped this revolution, streaming is not what one would expect it to be, so download becomes a much more viable option. And even though your smartphones come equipped with video players, at times it’s not good enough to support various file formats or higher frame rates. Ishaan Gera takes stock of a few mobile video players that can help you better enjoy that movie in a metro or a local.
The simplest platform for video watching, MX players offers everything on the screen. Though there are a few touch and pinch options that one would require, there is not much fiddling the player needs to give you the best output. Moreover, it does way better than other players in terms of refresh rate and frame rate, that give better quality picture than others along with subtitle support. But if you are one of those who need to know the basic intricacies, then the player gets a bit dificult to access as some of the options are hidden. One of the biggest drawbacks is format support. Although MX does support some formats it does not support all, so you will have to download additional codecs from Google Play Store to increase its capability. If you are looking for a simple video player with great viewing experience, MX can be a good option.
VLC for Android
Video and audio files come in different formats; while mp3 and mp4 are more popular, there are others such as flac, avi, mov, flv. Thankfully, VLC supports all of them. Most of you would recognise the software from the desktop or laptop version, and it does the same things on Android that it used to do on the desktop, but adds a few more features. The sound quality is the best amongst its competitors, but what differentiates it from the rest is the feature to allow live internet streaming from the player itself and its ability to let you organise media library. Although the user interface is not as easy and it lags a bit in video quality, it makes up for these in advanced playback features which include playing mutliple audio tracks and subtitle and caption integration.
Not as versatile as VLC and perhaps not as clear as MX, but GPlayer goes beyond regular video playing. The player supports multiple videos and the option to just have a floating screen so that you can accomplish other tasks on your phone, while also watching your favourite clip. Moreover, the player also supports video sharing on wi-fi, plus a
personalised list where you can keep your favourite videos or hide the one’s you want. If you have got a slow phone, it will take time to process your library. For those who don’t mind learning some new functions and sorting through files, but want more than a media player, GPlayer is worth considering despite the pesky prompts.