Here Are the 5 Best Free Video Players for Mac OS X (2018 Edition)

Sure, online video usually takes most of the content consumption time for us but there are still plenty of cases where having a great video player for your Mac is important. We did talk about some good Video Players for Windows a couple months ago, it would only be fair that we talk about some of the best free video players for Mac too. So, here is a compiled list of some of the best video players that are available for your MacBook and Mac Pro.

VLC is probably the best for you

VLC is one of the most popular media players for any platform at the moment. Sure, it’s not the best looking and sure, it may not have all the features related to videos on earth. Still, VLC has a very snappy user interface, almost all common features someone may expect, and it plays anything you throw at it.

VLC is one of the best Video Players for Mac
VLC is one of the best Video Players for Mac

Among all other features, wide format support is one of the strongest suits of this Open Source video player for Mac. Apart from that, gesture support for the touchpad is also excellent and you can customize almost all aspects of the software including skins and keyboard shortcuts.

Its shortcomings include a fairly average media library and its tendency to eat your battery. Still, if all you are looking for is an ad-free, simple yet powerful video player for Mac, VLC should be your pick.

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Quick Time Player for best battery life

While not entirely the best video player for mac, sometimes, what is included just works. If you need a media player with best battery optimization possible, Quick Time player is the video player you should be going for.

QuickTime offers the best battery life and comes preinstalled.
QuickTime offers the best battery life and comes preinstalled.

Frankly, Quick Time sucks for a wide video format support especially, it can’s play MKV files. Still, if most of your media is Apple ecosystem generated, you should be good to do. It comes preinstalled on all MacBooks and Macs and is one of the few apps that support Apple Airplay.

MPV

In case you did not already know, MPV is the fork of the popular mplayer. Just like VLC, MPV is a free and open source video player that supports hardware decoding and OpenGL video options. MPV also has a very minimal UI only showing you controls when needed and it stays out of your way unless needed.

Best Free Video Player for Mac

These features alongside with a wide file format support make MPV is great video player for Mac OS X. If you don’t like VLC for some reason, the free price and good feature set of MPV make it worth looking at.

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Pick Kodi if you want a full flagged media center video player

Kodi was previously known as XBMC. The open source application is not only a video player with a wide format support, it also has a UI that makes it one of the best to use on a home theater PC.

Kodi

Kodi is made with a 10 foot UI and if you have your PC in a living room, Kodi makes it really easy to watch video on your Mac from a couch. Alongside being an excellent video player, Kodi proves itself among the best free video players for mac by having impressive library creation and management features. It also supports a large number of online channels and if you have a TV tuner, you can enjoy watching TV on your mac too.

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5K Player for High Res video Playback on Mac

5K Player is probably the best video player for your MacBook or Mac if you have a ton of High-resolution videos. While the format support is not as strong as VLC or MPV, 5K Player will still support most common video formats.

While 5K Player is impressive for high-res video playing. What struck me most was its support for watching and downloading video from sites such as YouTube and Dailymotion. 5K Player also supports online radios such as BBC, iHeartRadio and if you want, you can download tracks from sites such as SoundCloud too.

The UI of 5K player is just about average and while it has support for downloading online videos, there are defiantly better apps that come with more control and features for downloading online video.

Also, keep in mind that videos you download from sites like YouTube or Vivo may be copyrighted.

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So, which one do you think is the best free video player for Mac?

I prefer VLC about all because it just works. Among the 5 apps, I talked about, which one is your favorite? Is there any other app that I should have listed here? Share with others in the comments below.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus is A Lot More Cheaper Now

One of the most awaited smartphones this year was Samsung’s galaxy S8+. You may remember that Samsung after Samsung launched the Galaxy Note 8, the company dropped the prices of the phone significantly. Just today, the company announced that the Galaxy S8 Plus will get one more price cut that will make it sell on Rs 58,900 which is almost $907 USD.

A Mumbai-based retailer Mahesh Telecom has recently cleared this news out to market. For online aspirants, the price cut is on Flipkart and official Samsung website already.

Already last month this phone had a nice prize cut of Rs 4,000 as part of Samsung’s Navratra special offer. Now its additional Rs 2,000 off. And all this is coming to add more to what they did it earlier when Rs 9,000 price cut was announced in just two months of launch from Rs 74,990, was available for Rs 65,990. to be one of the most popular Android smartphones. It features a broad 6.2-inch Super AMOLED display with QHD resolution with 531ppi and Gorilla Glass 5 protection.

Galaxy S8 Plus is one of the most popular Android smartphones. It features a broad 6.2-inch Super AMOLED display with QHD resolution with 531ppi and Gorilla Glass 5 protection.

An Exynos 8895 octa-core processor or a Snapdragon 835 power the phone and it comes in two variants – one with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage, and the other with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, a hybrid SIM slot. It will be running latest Android 7.0 Nougat-based TouchWiz. And has a 3,500mAh battery.

Finally for optics an 8-megapixel smart auto-focus front camera, and a 12-megapixel dual-pixel rear camera with a f/1.7 aperture are the features that shine. Overall it packs all the features that a premium smartphone must have, still, its prize now falls in quite an affordable range to top end consumers. Considering the iPhone X is just about to go to market on Sale and Galaxy S9 seems around the corner early on next year, it will be interesting to see how S8 price cut performs.

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Android Fans Get Hyped, Android O Will Be Launching On August 21

The final version of Android O is now ready and launching on August 21. A live streaming event from New York at 2:40 pm ET that will also coincide with the solar eclipse is about to bring this event to us. At Android.com/eclipse, they are already counting down the event. “Android O is touching down to Earth with the total solar eclipse,” the site promises, “bringing some super (sweet) new powers!”

As we known that Android sucks at security, Google has finally paid a little attention to it. Lots of security enhancements are added in the new version which includes “Google Play Protect” anti-malware branding. Also, Android 8.0, or Android-O, brings Project Treble onboard, a modularization of the OS separate from the hardware. It will help developers control new Android updates.

For the present, Android O is growing out of its fourth developer preview launched in March. It is much known already through many leaks. It reformats the notification panel with a new layout, colors, and features, and Google is tightening background apps for more of a lucid performance that can compete with iPhones along with a better battery life. There are new emojis, a faster startup, and a new settings app added up.

We are going to see an audaciously visible change in looks and design.

So, as we see, the event is very close and very soon we are to witness this giant leap from Google that is to introduce a whole lot of new ways Android is seen while as there are rumors, we may also witness a few basics of future technologies Google is looking forward, like Google Lens and other, so to say.

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Looks Like Moto X4 Just Can’t Stop Leaking

Leaks are showering all around as Moto X4 is likely to launch in late August. When recently a heap of its live images hit the Internet, those were audaciously unraveling all facets of yet unannounced Moto X4. This effort has its courtesy to Brazilian site Tudocelular, which purportedly focused Moto X4’s thick side profile and confirmed an inclusion of a 3.5mm audio jack at its bottom panel, removing the fear of Moto following Apple-Google path of ditching the traditional jack anytime soon.

In earlier leaks, Moto X4 featured a dual camera at the back, while the rear design featuring a glass-like frame, and now it is evident that the back will have a fingerprint magnet. The front panel will own a home button embedded to the fingerprint sensor. The bottom panel will include USB Type-C port and the top will add a hybrid SIM slot. Also, while left panel is bare, the right is housing the power and volume rocker buttons.The handset will ship with bundled earphones. As is our now evolved info, Moto X4 will come with Android 7.1.1 Nougat and sport a 5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display powered by Snapdragon 630 SoC coupled with either 3GB or 4GB of RAM.

However, we can still claim not to know everything for there are rumors that the Moto X4 may come in two variants – 3GB RAM/ 16GB storage and 4GB RAM/ 32GB storage, which are, for now, just rumors. Let’s enjoy the scope of another leak before it finally hits the market.

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Xiaomi Thinks Phablets Are Still Cool, Launches Max 2 With Giant 6.4″ Display

Last year, the Chinese smartphone Xiaomi launched Mi Max that came with a ridiculously large 6+ inch screen and a large battery. The phone did well in developing countries and probably this is why the company recently launched the successor Mi Max 2. The phone will go on sale later this year.

The almost tablet sized phone packs a 6.44-inch display with 1920×1080 screen resolution and a 5300 mAh battery both higher than last year’s Mi Max 2 and much higher than current flagships. Apart from that, the phone has 4GB of RAM and it runs on Snapdragon 625 SoC which is aided by Adreno 506 GPU.

In the optics department, the phone has a 12-megapixel rear camera that has a Sony IMX 386 Sensor, PDAF, and f/2.2 aperture. On the front, Mi Max 2 has a 5-megapixel sensor with a real time beautification options.  Mi Max will come with 64 gigs of internal storage which can be expanded with a microSD card, and the phone is one of the new Xiaomi phones that support USB-C port. Xiaomi claimed that phone’s battery will last for 18 hours of video playback and 31 days of standby. To charge a battery this big, company has added Quick Charge 3.0 support to the phone, but there is no wireless charging available on the device,

The phone will cost almost Rs 17,000, which is $264 in the US, it will be interesting to see how the phone does in the market given the market has changed a lot in a year.

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6 Things that Android Phones Can do, But iPhones Can’t

The war of smartphone operating systems is summed up to a clash between Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS during the last decade. Both giants had been regularly updating themselves to match the requirements of the new era. Android, on one hand, has expanded its multifunctional abilities to new horizons, iOS on the other has brought much flexibility to give an equal competition. While both have their pros & cons, iOS has its design and structure pretty much fixed and it offers far less personalization than Android that all users are aware of. However, there are few key differences that make Android a bit privileged still more.

Those 6 notable functions of Android are delights to its users that iOS does not yet provide. Moreover, what we are mentioning are not some die-hard techy stuff but key functions that every user needs someday.

6 Things that Android Phones Can do, But iPhones Can’t

True Multitasking

Multitasking in Android 7
Multitasking in Android 7.0

Most important facility Android by default provides is working simultaneously on two windows, and with Android 7 Nougat, this is officially a part of OS available on all Android phones. Though, it had been functional in many earlier Android phones too. Apple’s iOS has something similar for iPad, but for iPhone, users have to do without it. It binds them to one App at a time.

Call Recording

Automatic Call Recorder in Android
Automatic Call Recorder in Android

iOS has some complicated third-party apps for recording calls but that too is not hassle free. While on Android all it needs is to turn on Automatic Call Recorder and it gives you AMR files for all calls that you can manage whichever way you want.

Photo Syncing in Background

Google Photos can sync photos in Background on Android
Google Photos can sync photos in Background on Android

Apple has no APIs to sync the content in the background. Thus your iPhone cannot sync the photos with your cloud account while your phone is standing by, or is at charge. iCloud though can be smoother than other cloud account but that has limited 5GB storage and has a high cost if you want to buy additional. Google Photos on Android provides Unlimited backup for photos and it not only syncs your content in the background, you can also set it to only sync when it is standing by or charging.

Having Guest User Accounts

With Guest Account and multi users account enabled, Android provides a Windows PC like facility with your phone. You can handover your phone to others with guest login on. All your data stays safe in your account while the guest can easily surf internet or play games seamlessly. iPhone has a strict no to multiple accounts. As soon as someone else can operate your phone all your data will be laid open to them.

Better Caller ID and Spam Filtering

Truecaller on Google Android
Truecaller on Google Android

Truecaller is the most popular crowdfunded directory to know the details of callers while ringing. With Android, it can privide full functionality but on iOS, you can at times see a spam caller identified only as spam. And with no multi windows available, it goes too hectic. Same applies for true-messaging where iOS prevent you from a better management of your SMSs.

Connecting to PCs and Macs Easily

With only an Android phone you can get a plain USB connection to PC and an option to use your phone’s internal or external memory as a USB device. With iOS you have to install lengthy software (iTunes) and have to set up your apps to have it connected to your PC properly.

Owning to those 6 key features, looks like Android secures its position pretty ahead in functionality while iOS stands a neat second. What do you think? Share with us in the comments below…

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Sorry Oreo Fans: Android O May Be Called Oatmeal Cookie

Google is working its ass off in the development of next Pixel Smartphones and the software to accompany the phone with.  Now that previews of Android O are out, some internal source code is suggesting that next version of Android may be called Oatmeal Cookie.

Myace was the first to spot the Oatmeal Cookie in the code. The source code mentions the word ‘oc-dev’ more than once and the source code has also mentioned phone Google Pixel running Android O developer preview as ‘oc-dev’.

Sure, OC may mean other things, but if you recall, during the Google I/O presentation, the word Oatmeal Cookie was mentioned in a slide of the presentation.

Although, we should keep in mind that because it is not an official announcement, Google might as well name the OS something else during the public release of the operating system.  I would like the name to be Android Oreo, considering Google has done cross promotion in past with Android 4.4 Kitkat, it is not impossible.

In case you missed, Google unveiled some details about Android O during the I/O 2017. The latest preview is numbered Android 8.0 and the company has mentioned that a preview with nearly final system images will come next month. It will be interesting to see if Google adds any other major feature to the mobile OS now that Apple has unveiled iOS 11.

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Apparently, Users Are More Satisfied With Galaxy S8 Than iPhone 7

Samsung is all set to make news about its latest smartphones in the market. After Galaxy Note 7 explosion fiasco, Samsung paved the path for Samsung Galaxy S8 & Samsung Galaxy S8+. Consumer reports stated that the features of Samsung’s latest launches as both smartphones were have bought it on the top  Smartphone ranking this year.
Main reasons for topping the lists by Samsung Galaxy S8+ are its narrow design & long lasting battery life. The consumer reports said that both smartphones are performing exceptionally good and defeating LG G6 & iPhone 7 Plus liked phones in term of performance and speed. And even though LG G6 & iPhone 7 Plus carry dual rear camera setups still Samsung cameras held their own and consumers didn’t notice the lack of dual camera setup.Overall Samsung topped the lists and defeated all the phones with its features includes, bezel-less display design & water proof body. The only thing that adds bad image to Samsung’s phone was its single handily operations which let users access the phone without needing to use the other one to hold it. “Even on the smaller model, it will be hard for most users to reach the upper regions of the screen with their thumb,” lead phone tester Richard Fisco says in the report.

Overall Samsung topped the lists and defeated all the phones with its features including bezel-less display design & water proof body. The only thing that became a con for Samsung’s phone was its single handily operations which let users access the phone without needing to use the other one to hold it. “Even on the smaller model, it will be hard for most users to reach the upper regions of the screen with their thumb,” lead phone tester Richard Fisco says in the report.
Samsung is gestured with all these real praises and soon going to launch new smartphones with more eye-catching features. Interesting is to see whether iPhone 8 turns the game or still Samsung plays with its richest cards.

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KeepVid Android Review: A Great Way of Downloading Media On The Go

We have talked about KeepVid Pro on Getting Geek before which is a PC & Mac based video download solution, today, we will take a look at KeepVid Android, a mobile version of the same desktop app which supports most sites that its desktop cousin does while being completely free to use.

Before we get to the app, a little disclaimer first: Many video streaming sites don’t want their users to download videos for offline use, and some of these videos may be copyrighted too, you should keep that in mind and read site’s T&Cs before downloading anything from their site.

KeepVid Android is not available on Google Play Store, which, as many people may already know is, because Google does not allow YouTube downloading applications on the Play Store. Instead, you can either get KeepVid Pro from its official website or from APK Mirror. If you have never sideloaded an app before, you may have to jump through some hoops and enable Unknown Sources on Settings. Although I would recommend you do disable it again once KeepVid Android has been installed.

Once the installation is done, you are good to go. On Android version 6 and above, the app will ask permission to access device storage and once granted, you can start downloading videos from any of its supported sites.

Because KeepVid only requires access to your storage, you can be sure that it does not record your location or contacts, which may be an important factor to users concerned with privacy.

Using KeepVid Android

Home Screen of the App

Similarly to the PC version, you can download videos in 2 ways. the first one is to paste the URL of the video on the app and then choosing the video quality to download and the second way is by browsing the site within the app and navigating to the video. Because the in app’s video navigation will be a mobile version of the site, you can preview the videos before downloading them. There is a search feature on the app too, which worked just as it should.

 

When you are downloading a video, you can pick if you want a video (in MP4 format) or just the audio (in MP3 format) though the app does not support resolution higher than 1920x1080p.

Downloaded media files are stored in a folder called KeepVid in internal storage.
The home screen of the app contains tiles to many websites that app supports and you can add some more sites to the home page by tapping the tile with 3 dots at the home screen, though keep in mind that there are some NSFW sites in the “Add More” list too.
Once the video is added, you can either start downloading it directly or let it wait for the phone to connect to a Wi-Fi network.

Customization

The app’s setting can be found by tapping on the menu and selecting Settings, here you can change the default Video Player and Audio Player, the built-in Video Player is decent, but I prefer to use VLC to play Video files on my phone.
Apart from that, you can change the maximum number of concurrent downloads too which is default to 3.
I would like to see an option to set a default video download quality within the app in future though.

Conclusion

The Android variant of KeepVid’s video downloading solution is not as powerful or not as feature rich as its desktop brother, but its support to almost all major websites and its free price tag is definitely enough to make it one of the best ways of downloading videos on Android Devices. It would be great to have a paid and ad-free version of KeepVid Android. But if you are someone who wants to download videos off the internet and you don’t mind seeing a banner ad in the app, KeepVid is worth a shot.

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Here is Why Google is Asking Users to Identify Themselves On Photos

Google photos is among the most popular apps in Goggle’s ecosystem. The app has crossed 1 billion users recently, quite a huge number of fan following. So now Google’s continuous innovation instinct has brought a new facet to the diversity of tasks that Goggle photos can perform, though you are already accustomed to it in a limited sense while you use tagging feature on Facebook and other social networking sites.

This is called suggesting sharing. As Goggle continuously use machine learning to identify you and your mates in the pictures you upload, now you will find a pop-up when visiting at photos.google.com. This pop-up leads you to identify yourself in photos, and as your mates will do the same in their photos, a suggestion for sharing the photos with people in the picture will make it a one-click task to get photos available to all of them.

In other words, now whenever you take a group picture in your college fest or office lobby you do not need to do the hectic task of sending photos to everyone via WhatsApp or mail, instead Google will itself identify everyone in the picture and offer you to share the picture, so you are done within seconds. After recently adding the archive feature that helps you keep your pictures archived for later use, suggested sharing is the new big improvement in Goggle photos that is about to be available across the devices anytime soon.

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