VLC for Android Released – Limited Beta Version for now

July 3, 20120 Comments

VLC Media Player is the most popular open source media player that can play almost any and every video format at its disposal. VideoLan, the non-profit organization behind VLC player has finally released VLC for Android platform. Its been a long wait but finally its over.

The app is available for download from Google Play Store but it’s a Beta version. But that should not stop you from installing the app. As VLC for android is in beta for now, there might be few glitches here and there but like VLC on a desktop, VLC for Android plays mostly whatever is at its disposal. The limitation however here is that the app is not available for all devices. Its available to devices that support ARMv6, ARMv7 and ARMv7+NEON.

VLC for Android features

  1. Can play all the files, like the classic VLC for a desktop.
  2. Has Audio and video media library with media search.
  3. Has got support for network streams, including HLS.
  4. Supports Android from version 2.1 (platform-7).
  5. Supports ARMv6, ARMv7 and ARMv7+NEON.
  6. Has support for subtitles, embedded and external, including ASS and DVD subtitles.
  7. Has Multi-core decoding, for Cortex-A7 A9 and A15 chips.
  8. Experimental hardware decoding.
  9. Gestures, headphones control.
 VideoLan has successfully tested the VLC for android app on few devices and recommends Galaxy Nexus, HTC One X, Samsung Galaxy S III, Motorola Defy, HTC Desire and Nexus One. However, as its still in beta, the company is testing on more devices and come up with the official release soon. Meanwhile if someone is wanting to help the company test the VLC for android app on more devices, they are welcoming the support who can provide devices for testing. You can contact the VideoLan team for that.

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