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How do you play video on an Android device?

03-31-2011 4,614 views Misc 5 Comments

This comes right from the "Obvious" department, but I've had various Android devices for over a year now and I just recently discovered how to play videos. Specifically, how to play video without using doubleTwist. This was only a concern for me on my Xoom where doubleTwist was having issues finding the videos I had copied to the device. Apparently everyone else in the world knew this, but you can use the Gallery application for videos. I always thought the Gallery was just for pictures I took. And while I've taken video with my mobile devices before and probably saw "Video" listed in the application, I had assumed it was just for videos taken with the device. I also just never really explored Gallery outside of pictures, and since it also includes videos "midstream" with pictures, I figured that was it. I was surprised to find movies I had copied to the hardware were also available there.

So please tell me I'm not the only one who didn't know this?


  • Dave Bonner #
    Commented on 03-31-2011 at 5:35 PM
    LOL!!! Good one hahaha. Yeah not sure I would have confessed that one! To quote Charlie Sheen: duuuh!! :)
  • TomasF #
    Commented on 04-01-2011 at 4:29 PM
    Gallery is good, but I still recommend taking a look at one of the very excellent dedicated video players such as RockPlayer that go beyond the capabilities native in the OS, including mkv playback, etc.
  • Commented on 04-01-2011 at 8:49 PM
    I normally use doubleTwist, but it was having issues seeing the files I copied over.
  • Commented on 09-13-2011 at 6:13 AM
    Well thank you! Captain obvious or not I hadn't figured it out and just googled to find the built in player and you've given me the answer. I did find a few problems with Gallery though. One was that for some reason it doesn't show the file names of the videos, or a preview. Other apps do this. Secondly the playback was a bit jumpy especially for high res files that it has to convert on the fly (and on a single core processor on my tablet). Just played with a free app ES player and it was noticeably less jumpy.

  • Commented on 09-13-2011 at 6:45 AM
    Glad this was helpful for you Simon. I agree on the file name issue. I had about 20 episodes of a tv show and it was impossible to tell which was which. I'm using Rock Player pretty exclusively now.

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