Nothing beats a cup of coffee (or beer) and a nice flick on a lazy evening. I love watching movies and to be honest sometimes they are the only highlight in an otherwise uneventful day. The best movie apps for Android are not going to be free, but rather provide a quality service for a fair price. We all know that there is nothing free in this world and honestly good movies deserve to get paid.
Joy of Android is strictly against piracy and so is the Google Play Store. Many apps pop up claiming to show you a good time only to show ads every 15 seconds. The best movie apps for Android are not like that, they not only show good movies but also provide you with means to enhance your experience. This list is more about the movie going experience than a technical list.
Note: The apps were tested on a Samsung Galaxy Note IV smartphone. They worked fine.
1. Netflix – Subscription
Netflix is the most reliable media streaming app available today. The app is immensely popular thanks to its great streaming power and quality of videos. The service requires around $8 per month and you can watch unlimited number of movies and TV shows.
Personally for me, this minor pay wall is well worth getting to see some great movies as well as TV shows each month. If you are a rare consumer of digital entertainment, you will be better off watching movies from Google Play Store. But if you are a regular movie buff, Netflix will satiate your hunger well.
Good interface which is easy to use.
Looks even better on tablets.
You can give ratings to your favorite movies.
The app can synchronize all your devices. For example start a movie on the train home and continue watching from that same point on your tablet at home.
2. Prime Instant Video – Pay per View or Subscription
Prime Instant Video is another great Android app which could have been number on the list. The only reason it is not number one js the hoops it makes you jump before actually watching a movie. I get that Amazon wants people to use their app store but it is not wise to keep its basic app away from the Google Play Store.
But the actual app is a good one and does provide quality movies to watch. If you are invested in the Amazon ecosystem then this Android movie app will cater to your movie watching news well.
A bit orthodox but smooth interface.
Movies stream instantly.
The video quality is top notch.
This app can stream media to almost any device imaginable. This includes consoles like PS3, XBOX 360, PS4 and XBOX one too. PC and Macs are also available for movie streaming as well as our beloved Android smartphones and tablets. If you have an Android stick plugged into your HDMI Port, this app is available for that too.
3. Viewster – Free
Old But Free
If you are looking to watch some old movies, Viewster is one of the best movie apps for Android out there. The app is simple to use and comes with a self-explanatory interface.
You will see movies and TV shows listed right on the landing screen of the app which is convenient. New content will be listed first but I have to say, there are no latest blockbusters there. It is a free app after all and you just can’t watch The Avengers: Age of Ultron on a free app.
Solidly built interface.
TV shows are amazing to watch.
There are no sign ups required.
Unlike other apps which wait to buffer a movie, this app starts immediately. The best part is that you can use the auto quality feature which scales the quality of the stream according to your internet connection.
4. Movies by Flixter – Free
When Is The Show?
This is not a movie streaming app per say but it still belongs to the best movie apps for Android list. The app is basically a movie ticket app which makes it easier to book tickets from participating theaters. You can browser the top box office movies and read reviews about them right from the app.
The critic reviews from Rotten Tomatoes will really help you in making up your mind about a movie. I recently watched Birdman which was highly recommended by the app, the movie was amazing. The interface is good and provides you instant access to what you need.
Can stream or download movies in your UltraViolet collection.
Trailers can also be viewed.
Has great Netflix integration.
Looking up show times which match your needs is extremely easy with this app. You can even know which theater is showing what movie near you.
5. IMDB – Free
The Movie Database
Want to know when is the next blockbuster coming or about the latest movie starring Emma Watson? Get this Android movie app called IMDB and know everything. I have used the site for almost 7 years now and it is better than ever. Thankfully the app is also on par with the website and the best part is, it is even faster. This is your one stop shop for everything movie related. I use the app at least one a week to check on the new movies and watch high quality trailers.
An amazing interface which makes everything interesting.
Deep information about every movie you can think off.
Great app to stalk celebrities and their movies.
The app comes with its amazing community as well. The forums and questions are a great way to gain insight about a particular movie. Read the goofs about your favorite movie and laugh or consume trivia about a particular flick and impress everyone.
These were the best movie apps for Android which will surely help you get popcorn addiction. I know the top two apps require you to pay in order to access the full features but they are well worth the investment.
I recommend that you stay away from piracy and shady “free movie” apps, some of them are even hosted on the Google Play Store. Movies are made by hard work and they deserve to get compensated. Now butter up some popcorn, pour a big glass of soda and enjoy a quality flick.