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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 2014-05-20, 05:39 PM Thread Starter
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Question Need help finding an Android app

Does anyone here know of an Android app that will play just about every media file under the sun? I have found a few but can't seem to find one that will read AVI's, MKV's, MPG's, MP4's and so on in one app.

The one app I thought did all has terrible CODEC issues ie: blocky videos. I use one of my Android Prometheus as an HTPC. Also, the app has to be able to search on network or LAN.

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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 2014-05-20, 06:03 PM
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BS Player can handle pretty much anything I throw at it

(shouldn't this be in the Smartphone forum?)
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I'm not sure how well it will work with your hardware, but here's my first thought:

VLC for Android beta 0.9.0.

Features

◦Plays all files, in all formats, like the classic VLC.
◦Audio and video media library, with full search.
◦Support for network streams, including HLS.

http://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-android.html

(I haven't used VLC on Android).
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@brownstar: Not a smartphone...Android TV box. Big difference.

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True, but the OS is ostensibly for the mobile market and the vast majority of apps are design for that platform and those discussions occur more in that thread. As it's a question related to an Android powered HTPC box, shouldn't it really be here
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This would be best asked in the Home Theatre Personal Computer (HTPC) and Media Extenders thread. Maybe there should be a sticky thread or sub-forum for Android based media players as they are becoming very popular.

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Not a smartphone...Android TV box. Big difference.
Except for the lack of built in display, there isn't much difference between Android TV boxes and Android tablets or smart phones. The hardware is remarkably similar, sometimes almost identical, and the O/S is the same. My Android box has the same processor as my tablet (and some smartphones) and they run the same Android apps.
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1. I know it uses the OS like a phone or tablet but haven't seen anyone call from the box. Unless you use Skype.
2. I was torn between asking here, or HTPC section but didn't as I wasn't sure if the box qualified as an HTPC. It looks more like something from Star Trek.

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Try MX Player. It works great on my Android tablet Nexus 7, is free and so far I haven't found a file it won't play.

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Danster, I agree with the dilemma about where to post regarding Android boxes. Some are marketed as game boxes, others as media players and they have a lot in common with Android tablets and smartphones.

Making a call on a smartphone is simply the addition of a 3G/4G chip (for connectivity) and software (an app) to handle the functionality. It's not a lot different that using Skype or IP phone software over Wi-Fi, just different implementation of similar functionality. The underlying system is very similar.

OTOH, does adding a touch screen to a Windows 8 PC turn it into a Surface Tablet or Windows Phone? Obviously not but they share a lot of similarities when it comes to hardware, apps and software.
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Try MX Player. It works great on my Android tablet Nexus 7, is free and so far I haven't found a file it won't play.
same here, I can't recall it failing on any of my videos so far.
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When I use ExFile Explorer to search my video files on my server, some files extensions are already associated with certain players. Some files say there are no programs associated with them. Will MX Player know which files are associated to its playing format?

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Both BS & MX are great, my personal preference is for BS as I have found that I MX occasionally needs codex installing. Normal Android behaviour is to ask you to pick an app to play a file if you already haven't selected a default app for that type of file.
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My box runs 4.2 but it never asks me which app I would like to use for whatever file.

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Maybe because you've already assigned the default app for things, you can clear that individually app by app or clear all defaults.
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I think I'll do just that. Remove any useless player there already and load each file type one by one and assign it the better player. That way I'll know for sure which ones will work.

BONUS Question: How come sometimes I will load a file and it will use whatever player and finally come up with File not supported?

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