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MX Player gets update that adds Android 7.0 multi-window support and more

There are numerous video players available on the Play Store, each with its own strengths. MX Player, one of the more popular ones, has just received an update that adds a few great features, such as multi-window support for devices running Android 7.0 Nougat, a new decoder, and screen-off playback.

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Kodi version 17 beta with new Estuary and Estouchy themes is now ready for download

Kodi version 17 is bringing a new look to the app that turns your Android device into a media center. Some of you may still recall the open source project by its old name, XBMC. Either way, the upcoming release has reached beta status. That makes now a good time to dive in if you can't wait to get what's coming next.

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MX Player Fixes A Bunch Of Bugs And Adds Online Subtitle Downloads In The Latest Update

Android's default video capabilities leave a lot to be desired, so the Play Store has a small but thriving industry of third-party video players. MX Player has been one of the most dependable among them, and the latest update fixes a few bugs on Android 5.0+ devices and adds a few new features. The most notable is probably the new ability to upload and download subtitle files from the web. That's a big deal if you often watch videos in a language you can't speak - anime fans, ahem, accessing unavailable shows come to mind.

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The default function uses the language from your phone to search, either with the name of the video file or with a separate manual text search.

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VLC For Android Gets A New Play Store Listing For Version 1.0, Original App Regains Beta Status

Following the Android version of popular media app Video LAN Client, better known as VLC, is getting a little tricky. The Android build officially exited its beta status a couple of months ago, but now it's been split into two separate apps on the Play Store. The original app (the one installed on your phone or tablet if you've been using it for a while) is now the "beta" version again, and a new listing without the beta tag has been added.

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Kodi (Formerly XBMC) Gets Updated To v14 With Tweaked Tablet UI, Better Fast-Forward/Rewind, And More

Perhaps you're wondering what this Kodi thing is... well, it's XBMC. They just don't call it XBMC anymore. The latest version of this all-in-wonder media player and content organizer has been released, and you can get it on your Android device right now for zero dollars.


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VLC For Android Is (Finally) Out Of Beta And Available For Download On The Play Store

Among tech-savvy media fans, Video LAN Client (VLC for short) is easily one of the most popular video and audio players in the world. It's available for every major desktop platform, and for almost two years, it's been in beta for Android. Today the app has officially graduated to a 1.0 build, marking its formal exit from beta and a day of celebration for fans of flexible media playback on mobile devices. In other words: Good news, everyone!

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Artem gives us a bonus for every Futurama reference we publish. Ka-ching.

Aside from graduating to a stable release, the 1.0 version of VLC fixes a few Android 5.0 bugs and issues that specifically affected devices with ARMv8 processors.

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VLC For Android Beta Has Ended Its Ridiculously Long Region Lockout That Excluded The US

Update: While both the US and Canada did not have access to VLC for Android on the Play Store at launch, some of our Canadian readers have pointed out that they have since been able to download it from there for quite some time now. As it turns out, the American release was indeed the last hold out.

We in the tech industry have a tendency to throw around the word "finally" perhaps a tad more often than we should. Developing things takes time, and some features that seem easy to implement on the surface actually require a great deal of effort and man hours to accomplish.

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[CES 2014] Vizio's New Android-Powered Portable Smart Audio Speakers Don't Need A Paired Device To Have Fun

Vizio's pulled the curtains off two new Portable Smart Audio speakers that are powered by Android 4.4. What makes them special are the touchscreens embedded into the front of each device. Instead of having to pair them with a phone using Bluetooth, users will be free to stream music directly from the likes of Spotify and Pandora or enjoy video from Netflix or YouTube. Think of each version as a bulky tablet that doesn't need to rest in your lap, one with speakers that you won't leave you reaching for earbuds.


The Portable Smart Audio line doesn't have the most memorable name, but consumers will have two options to pick from once these land on store shelves.

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MediaMonkey Beta Shows Up In The Play Store, Brings Some Bug Fixes Along With It

Back in December, Media Monkey released a beta of the Android version of the media player app that received a level of success on the desktop. It still packs the same ability to tag and run scripts that the original possessed. Now it's arrived on the Play Store, which should make rolling out bug fixes much easier.

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Speaking of bug fixes, the most recent set includes ensuring that playback position will be remembered, improving memory utilization and preventing duplicate tracks. Here's the full changelog:

What's in this version:

Build 100:
Added playback position should be remembered
Fixed several situations that result in a freeze
Fixed USB (wired) sync can result in empty MMA db
Fixed DB may not be updated on update of MTP content
Fixed several situations that can result in duplicate tracks
Fixed several cases in which the application fails to terminate correctly
Improved memory utilization
Build 98: Fixes video playback problem on some devices
Build 97: First version published

You can grab the app via the widget below.

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Samsung, The Last Thing We Need Is A Knock-Off iPod Shuffle, Please Stop Doing Things

Hi, everyone. I'd like to introduce you to the Samsung Muse. This is a music player with no screen and a mere 4GB of storage that requires a phone with music on it in order to sync. It costs $50 and is going on sale in the U.S. soon. Why is this handy little thingy going to be made available here? Because screw you, that's why.


'What is this device?' you ask? It's a music player. 4GB of storage for all the music you can handle so long as you can't handle that much music. Also, you need to have the music on your phone already.

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