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MX Player Gets Official Play Store Beta Program

So you've got a bunch of video files on your phone or tablet (all legally acquired I'm sure), but they use a variety of codecs. One of the more popular ways to play them is MX Player, which has a few hundred million downloads in the Play Store—no big deal. Now you can get the latest tweaks and features in MX Player via a Play Store beta.

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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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MX Player Removes Native Support For AC3 and MLP Audio Codecs, Workaround Available

Since the recent update to MX Player, many users are running into a new problem: there's no sound in certain videos. It turns out the latest release of the popular video player removed support for two audio codecs: AC3 and MLP. Unfortunately, it seems this is a result of licensing issues, meaning MX Player will no longer ship with built-in support to play these audio formats. However, there is a simple workaround that will get things working again with relatively little hassle.

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Restoring functionality is pretty simple, it only involves downloading a custom-built codec and pointing MX Player to the right file.

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MX Player Updated With Android 5.0 Support, File Viewing Options, Easy Audio Track Disabling, And More

MX Player is now ready for Android Lollipop. No, it's not any prettier than it was before. There's no Material Design to drool over, no bright colors, nor a floating action button to make us feel like we're living at the end of 2014. This video player is largely the same app as before. Its developer has just removed the restriction that prevented it from running on 5.0 devices. Now people who rely on MX Player don't have to do without when upgrading to Lollipop.

While this isn't the big redesign you may have hoped for, there are some new features to take in.

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MX Player Updated To Work With Android 4.4.1 And 4.4.2

MX Player, one of the most popular video players on the Play Store (and my personal player of choice as of recent), hasn't worked since Android 4.4.1's release. Those who immediately upgraded to 4.4.1 lost access to MX Player and were instead greeted with the following popup:


Annoying, isn't it, especially since the check is implemented from within the app itself rather than by using the maxSdkVersion parameter of the app's manifest? As a developer myself, I sort of understand why J2 Interactive, the player's developer, has put in the restriction, but users may not. Since developers don't get early access to future Android releases, they can't test their apps for potential crashes ahead of time.

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MX Player Updated To v1.7, Brings Background Playback, Improved Software Decoding On Tegra 3 Devices, And More

MX has always been a pretty impressive video player - it's chocked full of useful features and offers nearly every codec imaginable. Today, it received an update to v1.7 that brings a fair amount of performance improvements for various devices, as well as one really neat key feature: background playback.


  • Stabilized S/W decoder on Tegra 3 devices such as ASUS Transformer Prime, HTC One X, Nexus 7.
  • Added new hardware decoder named H/W+. (However, H/W+ decoder is available only on limited devices)
  • Added support for x86 CPU.
  • Added background play. (long presss play button)
  • Added supprot for custom FFmpeg build.
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