VLC Media Player from VideoLAN is one of the most popular media players around. After the huge success of its desktop app, the company is now focusing on another popular platform – Android. Recently, VideoLAN has released its VLC Beta (NEON version) for Android devices. It supports almost any multimedia files as well as discs, devices, and network streaming protocols. This version is not stable and is a bit slower. Currently, it supports ARMv7 based devices only.
VideoLAN did not mention the possible release date of its final version, even they did not publish any news in its main website about VLC Beta for Android. According to the Google Play page VLC Beta, current version is 0.0.1, is 7.1 MB large, and requires Android is 2.1 and up.
If your device fulfills its minimum requirements then you can download VLC Beta from Google Play Store for Free.
- Plays all files, in all formats, like the classic VLC.
- Audio and video media library, with full search.
- Support for network streams, including HLS.
- Supports Android from version 2.1 (platform-7).
- Supports ARMv6, ARMv7 and ARMv7+NEON.
- Subtitles support, embedded and external, including ASS and DVD subtitles.
- Multi audio or subtitles tracks selection.
- Multi-core decoding, for Cortex-A7 A9 and A15 chips.
- Experimental hardware decoding.
- Gestures, headphones control.
- Galaxy Nexus; (OMAP 4460)
- HTC One X; (Tegra 3)
- Samsung Galaxy S3; (Exynos 4 Quad)
- Motorola Defy; (OMAP 3610)
- HTC Desire; (QSD8250 Snapdragon)
- Nexus one. (QSD8250 Snapdragon)
Software performance on phones for H.264
This table is a rough idea of what one can hope to play with VLC on Android, for now using the software decoder. Performance is likely to improve in the future.
Source: Google Play
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