Google has recently unveiled the latest Android system: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Currently, Android 2.x Gingerbread, Android 3.x Honeycomb and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich are all available for Android smartphones and tablets. The separated versions make it difficult for developers to compose proper programs for the Android platform, and make customers hard to choose apps in Android Market. Fortunately, Google has realized the problem and trying to solve it.
Before we have a unified Android version, we still have to look for demanded apps in the Market. Here we lists some good third-party apps for media playback besides the embedded video player of Android:
MoboPlayer is devoted to video playing, and it does the job without much hassle. Unlike several video players for Android, this app can play all video formats without having to transcode (i.e., converting one container format to another container format). External subtitle formats such as SRT, SSA, and ASS are fully supported, as are built-in subtitles in such container formats as MKV, MOV, and MPV. MoboPlayer also lets you enjoy streamed videos that use HTTP or RTSP protocols. It even shows a 3D carousel of your videos’ thumbnails.
Just like MoboPlayer, mVideoPlayer is another highly recommended replacement for your Android’s stock video player. Unlike MoboPlayer, though, mVideoPlayer has no “software decoding” ability, and thus, can only play audio and video that your specific phone model supports. I particularly like how the app developer puts this information upfront on its description page on the Android Market because many video-crazy Android users seem to want a video player that is hardware blind. If the video you want to play isn’t supported on your phone, you can transcode (i.e., convert) it to a format that is supported by your Android phone so that mVideoPlayer can run it. Its advantages over MoboPlayer is that mVideoPlayer supports more subtitle formats, has an in-app search function for querying OpenSubtitles.org and the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) database, and comes with themes and numerous options for you to customize your player according to your needs.
arcMedia provides a wider range of container and codec support for video playback. Everything that the open source FFmpeg can play, arcMedia can also play–because the app is built on FFmpeg libraries. If you have a super powerful Android phone with a lot of CPU power, arcMedia can take advantage of it and use software decoding to play back video formats that may not be natively supported by your phone’s hardware. arcMedia can also play streaming videos from DailyMotion, YouTube, and other similar sites. DRM-protected videos aren’t supported yet. A Honeycomb version is also in the works.
4. RockPlayer Lite
RockPlayer is an ad-supported media player which at a massive 13MB fails to live up to the light impression. Thankfully, it can be moved to the SD card. Plays video smoothly and well.
RealPlayer is an audio player as well as a video player. It has a handy interface to navigate between media types easily and can even display your photos. Sadly, it’s 3MB and can’t be moved to a SD card, so it’s only useful for users without space issues on their phone. It doesn’t say exactly which files it will play, but it couldn’t play my MP4′s. It played my home videos beautifully though.
doubleTwist Player claims to be the best all-in-one multimedia player for enjoying audio, video, and radio playback. It can crawl through all audio and video files on your Android device and sync them with the media on your desktop or laptop through a free program also called doubleTwist (available for PC and Mac). If your multimedia files already come with embedded artwork, doubleTwist Player can show it at full resolution. Album artwork is not a big deal for many folks, though. But, in case it is for you, you can upgrade from within the app itself to enable doubleTwist Player to search and download missing artwork for your media files through Gracenote. doubleTwist Player can also import your iTunes playlists, ratings, and play counts. This app is being actively developed, so expect several twists and turns in its behavior from time to time.
Hope this article Media player on Android helps. Thanks for reading.