Vodio for Android review: A personalized video viewer for everyone

4 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Vodio comes with over 100 curated channels, so you can personalize your video-watching experience. The video history and watch later queue both come in handy.

The Bad If you view a search result, Vodio annoyingly saves it to your dock without asking. Also, there's no way to rearrange channels in your dock once they're added.

The Bottom Line Vodio's customization options and huge selection of curated channels make it an attractive download for finding and watching videos online.

Free

8.5 Overall
  • Installation and Setup 9.0
  • Features and Support 9.0
  • Interface 8.0
  • Performance 9.0

Similar to the popular Showyou app, Vodio aggregates videos from across the Web and serves them up all in one place. Playback in the app is smooth, and Vodio doesn't degrade the video quality, whether in portrait or landscape mode.

With so many different video sources and channel options available, Vodio can get a bit overwhelming. So, when you first launch the app, be prepared to take a few minutes to set it up. If you'd rather not take the time, then you can, of course, use Vodio with only its default channels set, but then you'd be missing out on a completely customized video watching experience, which is really the biggest draw of the app. Good thing is, you don't have to set up an account to use the app. But I would suggest connecting your Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube accounts if you want to get the most out of it. Doing so helps the app to better recommend and categorize content.

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Vodio comes with over 100 curated channels so you can customize your lineup according to your taste. Screenshot by Jaymar Cabebe/CNET

If you skip the setup, Vodio starts you off with five channels: Music, Sports, Entertainment, Tech, and Highlights. Each channel pulls in appropriately categorized videos from different sources around the Web, and the intuitive swipe controls makes it easy for you to scroll through it all and watch what you want. While I don't find Vodio's interface particularly attractive (it can feel a bit cramped), I will admit that it's easy to use, and it functions smoothly. You can switch between channels by swiping laterally, or you can pull up the channel dock from the bottom of the screen to jump directly to a desired page.

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