VLC Beta Officially Comes To Android [Updates]

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Android now officially has a VLC beta application available to all. Android owners could have potentially installed VLC on their device as early as March of this year, but only via an unofficial port. Now, several months later, the first official VLC app for Android has hit the Google Play store.

The unofficial version that rolled out over the XDA forums earlier this year appears to be related to the official release. This new release includes a user interface designed specifically for mobile devices and a widget that can be used for app-specific audio control. A folder browser is also included to make it easier for users to find and play files.

File compatibility is, of course, the main feature of VLC player. The app’s official description states that it will play “most local video and audio files, as well as network streams.” VLC’s popularity has always been tied to its ability to play almost any file – a benefit that will hopefully translate well to Android.

Hardware compatibility is limited. Only devices running an ARMv7 with NEON support can use this app. This is not meant to be a permanent limitation, however. Support for additional devices will be included as the app is expanded and improved.

As with the PC version, VLC Beta can be installed for free. It will probably be several months before the app’s compatibility and stability is acceptable for most users, but those who want an early look should give it a shot.

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Comments (5)
  • Humza Aamir

    Wow, VLC on android is great. On PC, its clean, simple and fast and has only one problem that i experienced. The volume can sometimes be so loud it can damage the speakers. A few of my friends owe their laptop speakers to this..lets hope it doesn’t do anything too harsh with my xperia ;)

  • ruden

    appears to not be available to those out side the united states.

    • ruden

      actually im mistaken, its not available in canada or the united states.. thats what i get for assuming everyone is in USA.

  • Matt Parker

    I’ll have to give this a try.

  • Pankaj Lakhani

    VLC is one of the best media players for PC, lets see how it performs as an android app

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