Though advancements in home cinema technology have brought the big screen right into our living rooms, it hasn't stopped us from turning to the small screen to enjoy movies on our mobiles; when we're on the move or simply don't have access to our 65-inch plasmas with 5.1 surround sound.
Though it might not be the most comfortable option, it's perfectly feasible to watch a movie on your mobile device, especially when you've armed yourself with the right set of Android apps. Of course, that means having a more than decent player, a reliable streaming service, and a guide to pick and tick off all the films that go great with popcorn.
Read on to discover the 5 best Android apps for watching movies on your mobile.
Right now, the big buzzword for film fanatics looking for a fix on their mobiles has to be Netflix. Its catalog is expanding rapidly on a daily basis, which happens to go very nicely with its practically seamless interface, and attractively affordable pricing plans.
The more you use it, the more Netflix learns about your viewing preferences, so binging works purely for your benefit. From big-budget recent releases to cult classics to underground indie flicks: the choice is yours.
That's a good-looking mobile movie library you've got yourself there. Now, all you need is a player that supports all formats, plus subtitle files for all those foreign languages films you've been feasting on. Oh you intellectual, you.VLC is our favorite par excellence player, with its minimalist interface and comfortable functionality.
VLC is an absolute necessity if you like your movie experience just so, with a huge collection of customization options to make viewing more personal. In addition, you can search for all of your videos straight from the app - no need to slip out to thumb through your library.
BitTorrent is probably the most popular torrent client on the planet, and with good reason. The Android version has been around for a while now, and allows you to download and share thousands of free video movies and documentaries without infringing any copyright whatsoever.
BitTorrent has a functional design, an intuitive interface where you can search for movies quickly and explore trending content. And, of course, you'll get the low-down on estimated download times, speed, peers, and seeds, so you can choose the file that fits your needs.
Which movie should I watch next? Decisions, decisions. There are so many goodies out there, you just don't know where to start. Legit Movie is a film recommender that suggests films based on your personal taste profile.
Upon installing, just tell the app which your favorite genres are and which platforms you use most (Amazon, Netflix, YouTube, iTunes, Hulu). It'll whip up a list of suggestions for you to add to your watchlist, where you say what you like and don't and continue discover content that's just perfect for you. Its ease of use and speed make it an essential app in moments of indecision.
Who hasn't heard of IMDb? Whoever they are, we sure don't want to hang out with 'em. The official app for the universally trusted movie database is essential for any self-respecting movie buff. And if you're hitting the movies hard on your mobile, then you simply have to have this über encyclopedia of reviews, casts, trivia, and movie news at hand.
In addition, you can keep note of the films you've watched and your score for each, then create lists to share with our friends. If you only have one movie guide on your mobile, it needs to be this one.