Android mobile phones are so popular these days and the screen size is also getting bigger and bigger. One of the very important features which we look out in a mobile phone is its capability to play music and movies. Though there are lots and lots of music and movie streaming applications available for android mobile, but that is always not an option.
Many of us are capped under data plans (bandwidth limit), so this option is ruled out. What we have is data card and lots of songs and movies stored on it. Again there is a huge list of music and movie player apps available in the android market so choosing the right one can be very difficult task. We have done some research and compiled top and best list of free media player applications for Android mobiles and tablets.
Winamp is a very popular music player for desktop and its mobile version is as great. It is a free application and the feature set is endless. It also has support for radio stations. Winamp interface is also very good and it is quite easy to play local music files and wireless sync up the list. It also feature in-app purchases to extend its feature set – which can add song lyrics to your music while you are listening to it. You can also purchase an album art bundle. Winamp also has 10-band graphic equalizer, support for .FLAC files, and personalized radio recommendations.
Free Player Features – A really very good music player
* Free Wireless syncing
* Now Supports syncing with Winamp for Mac (beta)
* One-click iTunes library & playlist import
* Over 50k+ SHOUTcast radio stations
* SHOUTcast Featured Stations
* Persistent player controls
* Easily collapsible/expandable Now Playing screen
* Artist news, bios, photos & discographies
* Extras Menu – Now Playing data interacts with other installed apps
* Album art gesturing for track change
* Free Music downloads with Spinner’s MP3 of the Day
* Free Music streaming with Full CD Listening Party
* Integrated Android Search & “Listen to” voice action
* Browse by Artists, Albums, Songs or Genres
* Playlists and playlist shortcuts
* Play queue management
* Widget player (4×1 & 4×2)
* Lock-screen player
* Last.fm Scrobbling
* Available in 14 languages
It is one of the very good player for watching movies. Its main features:
- HARDWARE ACCELERATION – Hardware acceleration can be applied to more videos with the help of new H/W decoder.
- MX Player is the first Android video player which supports multi-core decoding. Test result proved that dual-core device’s performance is better up to 70% than that of single-core devices. In simple words – very good quality.
- Easily zoom in and out by pinching and swiping across the screen.
- Subtitles can be scrolled to move back and forth faster.
- ANDROID 4.2 – Fully supports Android 4.2 Jelly Bean MR1.
- Movie Formats – Supports almost all kinds of movie formats. Avi, mkv, divx all just work great!
VLC player is so so popular for desktop and its android player is also getting popular now. VLC media player is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player that plays most multimedia files as well as discs, devices, and network streaming protocols. This is a BETA version of the port of VLC media player to the Android™ platform. It is intended for power users and hackers. It is still a beta, so it might kill your kitten or destroy your house, but it should be fine now.
VLC for Android has a media library for audio and video files, and allows to browse folders directly. VLC has support for multi-track audio and subtitles. It supports auto-rotation, aspect-ratio adjustments and gestures to control volume and brightness. It also includes a widget for audio control, supports audio headsets control, cover art and a complete audio media library.
Though in beta phase, still the player works pretty good!
Poweramp is a very powerful music player for Android. It can play mp3, mp4/m4a (incl. alac), ogg, wma*, flac, wav, ape, wv, tta, mpc, aiff. It has 10 band optimized graphical equalizer for all supported formats, presets, custom presets. You can play songs from folders and from own library. It has a dynamic queue.
– lyrics support, including lyrics search via musiXmatch plugin
– support for m3u, m3u8, pls, wpl playlists
– downloads missing album art
– configurable lock screen
– headset support, automatic Resume on headset and/or BT connection (can be disabled in settings)
– high level of customization via settings
Again a very popular desktop music and movie player launched for android mobiles as well. It is basically all in one player – an ad-free video player for Android that easily plays your videos and music. It’s a free MP3 player! It’s a free MP4 player! It supports videos, music, MP3, MP4 and YouTube video search and playback on your Android device. It has headphone support, this application can be moved to SD card. It also provides a home screen widget to control the movie/music.
It is one of the best player for android mobiles. You can watch any of your videos on a phone without conversion, anytime and anywhere. It has quite good playback experience and quality.
– All video formats (need to choose “software decoding” mode in most cases)
– Popular subtitle formats such as SRT, ASS, and SAA
-Subtitles built in MKV, MPV, MOV, and others
– Multi-audio streams and multi-subtitles
– Thumbnail displays of videos
If you are not satisfied with your current media player, then this can prove to be a good replacement video player for your Android. And it is free! This application uses very less memory and is quite stable (does not crash at all). It is light weight application that allows you to browse files as thumbnails. mVideo also has other features such as subtitle support when watching movies, and free access to IMDB.
– Subtitle Support: srt, ssa, ass, sub/idx, mpl, smi, txt, sub, sami.
– Internal MKV Subtitle (srt, ssa, ass), ONLY usefull on devices that supports playback of MKV.
– Built-in subtitle search powered by OpenSubtitles.org. More sites are available in the pro version.
This video player app supports almost all popular formats of videos on the market, including AVI, FLV, MP4, 3GP, MKV, MOV and etc. In addition, QQ Player also supports SRT, SMI plug-in subtitle and MKV embedded subtitle. It also supports multiple audio tracks switching. This is a good player if your screen size is small and is has limited resources.