UPDATE: 2011.06.19 thanks to commenter juami I added Galaxy Tab to list of Android devices capable of 1080p MKV, woot! Scroll down to the green box to see the COMPLETE list…
Background info on MKV/Android
Tek3D has a nice post on playing MKV Files on Android devices:
At this point you might be wondering what the heck an MKV file is. Well, it is an open source file format that acts as a container for audio and video (as well as other things like subtitles). The important this is that MKVs are a very popular way to store movies!
More MKV info:
So, if you keep your movies in MKV format you may naturally want to run them on your snazzy Android device.
Tek3D recommends RockPlayer for playing MKV. That’s a solid recommendation. RockPlayer is popular and has hardware decoding support for certain devices and generic software based decoding should work on many other Android devices…
However, the question remains, can any Android devices play 1080p HD MKVs? YES!!!
The answer appears to be a YES! First, checkout this video on YouTube showing a Samsung Galaxy II playing a 1080p MKV.
For now, the list of devices that can perform this computational feat is short:
- +NEW! Samsung Galaxy Tab tablet
- Thanks juami!
Video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFbaPilozng
- Thanks juami!
- +Samsung Galaxy S 2 phone(1.2GHz Cortex A9 CPU coupled with Mali 400 GPU) [there is actually video of this phone playing 1080p MKV video...]
Samsung Galaxy S II Review – Find Out More About The Samsung Galaxy S2 | Mobile Phone Bloghttp://blog.dialaphone.co.uk/2011/04/18/samsung-galaxy-s-ii-galaxy-defender/The Samsung Galaxy S II has a far more luxurious feel to it than its predecessor, gone is the rounded silhouette of the Galaxy S, instead it’s been swapped with sharp edges [...] It also has an LED flash, autofocus and can shoot video in both 720p and 1080p. On the subject of videos, the Galaxy S II is also capable of playing back media in 1080p too.Other tech specs:
- Music player: Supports MP3, WAV, eAAC+, AC3 and FLAC files
- Video player: Supports MP4, DivX, XviD, WMV, H.263 and H.264 files [and apparently MKVs via diceplayer]
- +HTC Sensation (1.2GHz dual-core CPU, Adrenno 220 GPU, 768MB RAM) [no video of this phone playing 1080p, but some sources say it can...]
COMMENTS: Impressive! 1080p MKV on Samsung Galaxy 2/II looks doable
720p/1080p MKV(+DTS/FLAC/AC3) Player for android – Android Forumshttp://androidforums.com/android-media/343443-720p-1080p-mkv-dts-flac-ac3-player-android.htmlSGS or some devices can play mkv well but many devices are lack of these features. rock player / mobo player can play mkv. but only sw decoding [for some devices]. so 720p/1080p movies are not playable. diceplayer can do hw decoding. ( not all devices.. )
Nexus-S/Desire HD/Incredible S can play MKV/AVI H.264 720p
DualCore SGS2 / HTC Sensation can play 1080p clips.
no need to convert your HD mkvs to mp4.
go android market and search diceplayer.
(there are 3day trial and commercial version )
COMMENTS: another source stating that some of these (non Tegra-2) dual-core Android devices can do 1080p…
Hardware or Software Decoding?? – Android Forumshttp://androidforums.com/android-media/320276-hardware-software-decoding.html
Playing 1080p MKVs over HDMI [Archive] – xda-developershttp://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:OoXdslKEPqwJ:forum.xda-developers.com/archive/index.php/t-1114360.html+diceplayer+1080p+mkv&cd=2&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us&source=www.google.com
MoboPlayer and DicePlayer can play 720p and 1080p MKV but with some little stuttering.
Just tried moboplayer with my 720p test MKV file and it does play alot better than rock player but still not at full speed.
This may be due to the bitrate of my MKV file though (5500kbps)
Tried the trial of diceplayer and it plays my 720p MKV file perfectly
What about Tegra 2? Not yet!
AnandTech – Boxee Box: The Inside Story, Swapping Tegra 2 for Intel CE4100http://www.anandtech.com/show/3912/boxee-box-the-inside-story/2The unit which was demonstrated at the 2010 CES did have a Tegra 2 SoC inside. Things were looking good, and the unit was slated to go into mass production towards the end of Q2. However, as Boxee started doing some stress tests, they realized that Tegra 2 wasn’t living upto expectations. In particular, they found that the Tegra 2 was incapable of playing back high profile 1080p H.264 videos at even 10 Mbps.
COMMENTS: If Boxee couldn’t get Tegra 2 to do 1080p MKVs then I’m not sure anyone is going to get it to…
If xoom can play (ripped blu rays to mkv)1080p mkv files -mirroring to tv. – Page 1 & 2 [problems]http://www.xoomforums.com/forum/motorola-xoom-general-discussion/1740-if-xoom-can-play-ripped-blu-rays-mkv-1080p-mkv-files-mirroring-tv-2.htmlThanks for straight forward answers.
Its a pitty Xoom cant play mkv and files once ripped from blu ray must be converted once again.
For me this is a big disadvantage of this beautifull looking pad.
I wait for a pad with ability to play mkv without problems.
I have few TB of mkvs so converting now everything nope.
Motorola should try harder.
Even small Archos or Cowon with some issues but can play mkvs
Thanks for help
I honestly think its only a matter of time and a bit of optimization of the Nvidia Tegra 2 drivers, as I’ve just watched an episode of Boardwalk Empire on my HTC Desire with minimal stuttering.
The future? Looks super
Since Tegra 2 is already close to good 1080p MKV playability, the 3rd generation NVIDIA effort dubbed “Kal-El” with its quad-cores should have no problems if their is appropriate software support.
Do you have any thoughts or experience with high-def MKVs on mobile devices? If so, I’d love to hear about it!