Turn your Android into a video player with these top apps

by Kristen Nicole

Entertainment is undergoing a revolution — you can watch television programs and movies on your Android phone, thanks to improved graphics technology, powerful processors and plenty of RAM and storage. These mini-computers are bringing the on-demand world to wherever you happen to be. Check out these Android apps for optimal viewing of all that content.

Just for video

Hulu's not on Android yet, but you can still get broadcast TV on your phone. TV.com from CBS has programming from the CW, CNET, Showtime and CBS News and Sports, among other channels. Search your favorites and view full episodes with this free Android app.

SPB TV is another Android app for accessing on-demand television programming with several international channels and support for multiple languages. The full app is $9.95 and works on 3G or WiFi, using IP-TV to bring you news, documentaries, sports highlights and more.

LukLuk is a streaming and SD solution, playing a range of video file types, including MP4, MP3, WMA and 3GP. One major perk of this free app is that it works across all Android phones, including the G1. LukLuk works by auto-converting file types, so you can play items from your phone, or clips on the web.

Cinema is another video player for your Android, also supporting G1 devices. This free app doesn't support as many file types, as it uses whatever video decoder comes with your handset. But it is one of the only Android video players that lets you pick up where you left off during video viewing.

Videos can be great distractions for your children, if you trust the kids to hold your phone. Toddler Video Player reduces some of that anxiety, with lock options for tiny hands. The free Android app is a basic video player, but it plays clips from your phone while disabling video playback controls and your status bar.

Multimedia apps

Music by doubleTwist is a multimedia app for videos and music, acting as a rather nice media player for files saved to your phone. The closest thing you'll get to iTunes on the Android, this free app also imports content from your iTunes playlists, including ratings, playcounts, syncs and podcasts.

Meridian Player is a cool media player, with some more advanced tools for video and music. Play clips from your phone, which are searchable for easier navigation. This Android app also comes with subtitles, ratings, ID3 editing and more. Grab the full version for $2.99.

 

Skyfire Browser isn't a video player, but it has Flash support, especially useful if your phone doesn't have Froyo yet. Skyfire (still in beta) lets you watch content from the sites you already visit, like ESPN and Justin.tv. The free Android app also comes with an "explore" tool to find related web content, so you'll never run out of videos to watch.