VLC, the free and open source cross-platform multimedia player popular for its capability to play most any media formats without the need for external codecs, has just been released in the Google Store Play, albeit in an early beta format. VLC for android beta “plays most multimedia files as well as discs, devices, and network streaming protocols”, like the desktop version. VLC android beta has support for multi-track audio and subtitles, as well as auto-rotation, aspect-ratio adjustements and gestures to control volume. It also includes a widget for audio control, supports audio headsets control, covert art and a complete audio media library.
Naturally being in beta, this version is NOT stable and is slower than the final version. It is intended for power users and hackers only, although most of the early feedback in Google Play Store is positive.
VLC Media Player for Android Features
- 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.
As stated by VideoLAN, the final release of VLC for Android will see the following changes – improved User Interface, performance improvements, Hardware decoding support for more devices, and fix for audio issues and other unknown bugs.
Free Download VLC Media Player for Android [Beta]: Google Play Store link. This version is ONLY for devices with a CPU ARMv7 which supports the NEON engine. Other devices will be supported by other applications, very soon.