Best of XDA: MX Player
There are many video players for Android, but there are few that have proven themselves to be mighty in the way MX Player has. It is not only one of the longest-standing popular video players out there, but it’s also innovated with sensible features, amazing performance, and clean user experience. What makes MX Player amazing, and why is it worthy of your media?
First, MX Player supports a myriad of formats and codecs off the bat. It doesn’t matter where you got the movie, chances are it will play. You can stream media through a network stream by providing a valid URL. Audio should also not be a problem, and MX Player can recognize every popular subtitle format and render those subtitles with appropriate colors and characteristics. These are also easy to configure with subtitle gestures, allowing you to move text up and down or zoom in and out to change the size. You can easily fire and forget as you are not likely to find any compatibility issues.
MX Player is minimal yet feature-packed. The interface is one of the most unobtrusive ones you will find, with pleasant navigation that’s intuitive and fast. You can lock rotation to avoid annoyances without having to go to a panel toggle or settings screen. You can also lock the screen to prevent input, so that accidental touches don’t ruin your movie’s climax. Finally, gestures for brightness, sound, zooming and seeking make it easy for you to find the perfect viewing context. You can also customize the seek speed, auto-hide timer, and which gestures are enabled.
Apart from being able to set the audio and subtitle tracks in a pinch, you can set your preferred languages as well. If you want to use the player for music or to simply listen to a movie, you can set it to play audio in the background even after the screen is closed. As for the playback UI, you can have it clean or set various overlays that, while not too distracting, can help you keep track of elapsed and remaining time as well as current time and remaining battery.
Finally, MX Player offers hardware acceleration as well as the solid software decoding. The former makes use of multimedia chipsets that assist specifically in the video decoding process, and it can make playback faster and smoother. While it is not as flexible as software decoding, it can optimize the experience by making better use of your system resources. As technology moves forward, this feature can admittedly be overlooked; you certainly won’t need it to play your average 1080p film on a recent flagship, but it remains a great option to have regardless. HW+, another optional mode, builds on top of that by using MX Player’s own media framework to play even more video types. You can find the option in the decoder settings if your device supports it.
There are many other features that make MX Player great, but ultimately its flexibility has allowed it to stand the test of time. You can grab this swiss knife of video consumption and make it your own, be it through theming the interface’s colors to your liking, adjusting parts of the UI, arranging your folders, or modifying your gestures, subtitles, or whatever you want. There are many little things to love as well, such as the fact that the player reminds you of recent files you haven’t yet seen, or the Kids Lock plugin. The fact that all features are included in the free version is the cherry on top, and the Pro version is a small price to pay to make the experience perfect while supporting a huge community app. So what are you waiting for? If you don’t have it, give it a try!
Do you love MX Player as much as we do?