KMPlayer mobile launches: lacks music support

Martin Brinkmann
Mar 24, 2014
Updated • Mar 24, 2014
Google Android

KMPlayer is a popular media player for desktop systems. In fact, it is one of the most popular players next to VLC Media Player, SMPlayer, and a couple of others.

One core reason for the player's popularity is the built-in support for many media formats. That's great as you do not have to install codecs on the system to play the supported formats.

KMPlayer for mobile devices launched a couple of days ago. It is available for Google Android and Apple iOS devices, and can be downloaded for free from the official web stores. You find the links on the official KMPlayer website.

This review looks at the Android version of KMPlayer exclusively.

The first thing that you notice when you open the product page on Google Play is that the app is only compatible with Android 4.0 or newer devices., the second that only video formats are listed in the supported file formats listing.

And when you try to run music or audio using the player, you will notice that it does not support that right now. That's quite a downer for desktop users who expect similar support on the Android device.

For now, you can only use it to play videos on Android. Support here is excellent though as all major formats and codecs appear to be supported by the app.

When you first start the application it displays the all media listing to you. You can tap on the settings icon in the top left to display the menu, or on all media to browse to different media folders here.

The menu displays access to the device's media library. Listed here are links to all media, a KMP folder, the camera folder, and the device's download folder.

Below that are links to the device's internal and external memory that you can browse to load videos that are not located in the four media library folders.

Last but not least it links to the settings which offer several interesting options.

As far as the settings are concerned, you can change the desired video orientation, make the app detect a connected headset or headset remote control, modify performance related settings such as enabling frame skip or time-stretched audio, define search parameters, or the subtitle text encoding format.

The player interface itself is hidden by default when you play a video. You need to tap on the screen once to display it. Here you have the usual controls at the bottom of the screen, including a pause button, slider to change the play position, a button to fit the video vertically or horizontally, a fast or slow play option, and a setting to lock the screen.

You can drag a finger to the right or left to go back or forward, or up and down to change the brightness or volume (lower half of the screen volume, upper half brightness) so that it is possible to change those parameters directly.


KMPlayer looks great and plays nearly every video format that you could possibly stumble upon on the Internet or on your device. The lack of music playback however is something that will hold the player back for now, as it is not the universal media player that you may know from the desktop because of that.

You may want to give this a try if you want to use it to play videos on your Android device.  If you want a player that supports audio formats as well, then this player is not for you right now.

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  1. Albert said on August 18, 2023 at 1:49 pm

    Thanks for the tip Martin.

    It is for these kinds of posts that I follow GHacks.

    1. Mike Williams said on August 26, 2023 at 8:55 pm

      What’s up with the generic comment, are you a bot?

  2. Tachy said on August 18, 2023 at 3:23 pm


    Where on the planet is that still in use? I was forced to give up using my RAZRV3 years ago because 2G was phased out by AT&T.

    1. arbuz said on August 20, 2023 at 5:02 pm

      Everywhere 3G has been turned off and you don’t have LTE coverage, and believe me there are many developed countries where this is the case and if it weren’t for 2G you wouldn’t even be able to make a phone call.

    2. Doc Fuddled said on August 31, 2023 at 5:55 pm

      Maybe I missed it, but I don’t believe tha term “2G” is in the article. Perhaps you are referring to “AGM G2”??

  3. Tachy said on August 18, 2023 at 3:27 pm


    Your website has gone insane.

    When I the post button I then saw my comment posted on a different article page. When I opened this article again, it is here.

    1. Martin P. said on August 31, 2023 at 4:39 pm

      @Tachy @Martin Brinkmann

      ” Your website has gone insane. ”

      Same here. Has happened several times.

      1. owl said on September 1, 2023 at 3:42 am

        @Martin P.,

        For over two weeks now,
        I’ve been seeing “Comments” posted by subscribers appearing in different, unrelated articles.
        For the time being,
        it would be better to specify the “article name and URL” at the beginning of the post.

  4. Anonymous said on August 18, 2023 at 11:17 pm

    @tachy a lot of non-phone devices with a sim in them rely on 2G, at least here in europe.
    Usually things reporting usage or errors/alarms on something remote that does not get day to day inspection in person. They are out there in vast numbers doing important work. Reliable, good range. The low datarate is no problem at all in those cases.
    3G is gone or on its last legs everywhere, but this stuff still has too much use to cancel.

    Anyhow, interesting that they would put that in. I can see the point if you suspect a hostile 2G environment (amateur eavesdroppers with laptop, ranging up to professional grade MITM fake towers while “strangely” not getting the stronger crypto voip 4G because it is being jammed, and back down to something as old ‘stingray’ devices fallen into the wrong hands).

    But does this also mean that they have handled and rolled out a fix for that nasty 4G ‘pwn by broadcast’ problem you reported earlier this year? I had 4G disabled due to that, on the off chance that some of the local criminals would buy some cheap chinese gear, download a working exploit and probe every phone in range all over town in the hope of getting into phones of the police.

  5. Andy Prough said on August 19, 2023 at 3:04 am

    >”While most may never be attacked in stingrays, it is still recommended to disable 2G cellular connections, especially since it does not have any downsides.”

    The downside would be losing connectivity. I spend a lot of time way out in the countryside where there’s often no service or almost none. My network allows 2G, and I need it sometimes. I have an option on the phone to disable 2G, I may do that when I’m in the city and I have good 5G connectivity, but not out in the country.

    I would imagine that the stingray exploits, like most of the bad things in this world, are probably things you will run into in the crowded big cities.

  6. owl said on August 21, 2023 at 3:40 am

    I stopped using it in a mobile (Wi-Fi line) environment, so I’m almost ignorant of the actual situation,
    But the recent reality in Japan makes me realize that “the infrastructure of the web is nothing more than a papier-mâché fiction”.

    It is already beyond the scope of what an individual can do.
    What we should be aware of is the reality that “governments and those in power want to control the world through the Web”, and efforts to counter (resist and prevent) such ambitions are necessary.

  7. Anonymous said on August 26, 2023 at 9:27 pm

    Why do you want people to disable the privacy features? Hmmmmm?

  8. Anonymous said on August 27, 2023 at 2:30 am

    Now You: do you plan to keep the Ads privacy features enabled?

    I’d like to tell you, but apparently if you make a post critical of Google, you get censored. * [Editor: removed, just try to bring your opinion across without attacking anyone]

  9. Tachy said on August 27, 2023 at 5:15 am


    You website is still psychotic. Comments attach to random stories.

  10. John G. said on August 28, 2023 at 2:46 pm

    @Martin please do fix the comments, it’s completely insane commenting here! :[

  11. ECJ said on August 28, 2023 at 5:37 pm


    The comments are seriously messed up on gHacks now. These comments are mixed with the article at the below URL.

    And comments on other articles are from as far back as 2010.

  12. Naimless said on August 29, 2023 at 12:57 am

    What does this article has anything to do with all the comments on this article? LOL I think this Websuite is ran by ChatGPT. every article is messed up. Some older comments from 2015 shown up in recant articles, LOL

  13. Paul Knight said on August 31, 2023 at 3:35 am

    The picture captioned “Clearing the Android Auto’s cache might resolve the issue” is from Apple Carplay ;)

  14. Anonymous said on August 31, 2023 at 9:57 pm

    How about other things that matter:
    Drop survival?
    Screen toughness?
    Degree of water and dust protection?

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