Media Player

Kodi 15.0 is Isengard, officially out on Google Play

I figure we should stop calling it XBMC now, given that the developing team has given so much effort to bringing this wonderful media management app to all of us. This is Kodi 15.0 – affectionately called “Isengard” by those who are close to it – but now officially out to all of the Android world via the Google Play Store.

Plex updated to v4.5, adds voice search using Google Voice

This is the second time this month that we’re getting a version upgrade for Plex. The upgrade to version 4.4 was exciting, bringing fixes for Plex interfacing with Android TV and the addition of channel support. Now we go to version 4.5, where you can now launch Plex from the device’s launcher using a voice prompt through Google Voice.

Zettaly launches Avy wireless speakers with touchscreen, KitKat

Zettaly initially offered the “Avy” portable wireless speakers through a crowdfunding effort via Kickstarter. That effort did not reach its funding goals, but it did not stop the company from moving forward with its design. What we have now is a unique portable wireless speaker with a 7-inch touchscreen interface, runs Android 4.4 KitKat, and can handle up to 40GB of data.

MX Player updated, works better on Android 5.0 devices

There are lots digital media players available for Android but only a few can be considered fast, efficient, and reliable. MX Player is one of those that provide the best way to enjoy movies and the app has been updated recently to work better on some Android 5.0 devices. With the app update, online subtitle downloading and uploading are now supported.

Pocket Casts 5.0 gets new features, Material Design elements

The last we heard about Pocket Casts was a year ago when Chromecast support was added. Developer Shifty Jelly said it's been working on the update the past few months, adding suggestions from regular users of the app. As with most recent and similar app updates, this version brings Material Design elements to the experience. The interface is still familiar but you'll see more animations and bolder graphics.

HTC Service Video Player app arrives at Google Play Store

There are a lot of HTC exclusive apps available but they don't always come to the Google Play Store immediately. The HTC Video Player has been ready for some time but it's only now the HTC app has been added to Google Play. Officially called as the 'HTC Service — Video Player' app, this one allows the phone to play streaming video and local files, thanks to a special decoding power.

VXG Video Player offers faster playback, online streaming in HD

There are a lot of video player apps available for Android but only a few are considered really powerful. While some are helpful and convenient to the users, most are premium apps and are still limited. The VXG Video Player is one app that is simple to use, offering faster response to play video files and movies. The app also allows easy sharing of videos with friends over a WiFi network. The app is able to do network streams aside from playing most movies and videos in HD.

VLC exits beta, outs stable version

We have much love for the VLC media player – it’s an app for people working on desktops and laptops who want a media player that works with just about any media format you throw at it. It just works, and we were pretty excited when VLC wanted to bring its goods over to Android some two years ago. All that time, the VLC app for Android stayed in beta – until today, when we finally have VLC 1.0 in our hands.

Freakbox is a set-top box that runs on Android 4.4

As long as the proliferation of media on the intarwebs continues, many companies will think that a standalone set-top digital media player is a viable market. The Freakbox continues in the tradition of Popcorn Hour and Roku, a set-top media player that can do just about anything an Android device can do.
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