Official VLC for Android is now in Beta on the Play Store

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  • 03 Jul 2012
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  • While there are many great media players for Android available, we often find ourselves wishing the more popular solutions that we also use on our PC would become available. As our wishes come true more and more often, the true versatility of the Android platform is set in motion.

    VLC for Android

    VLC for Android has been announced by the team in charge through their Twitter account. They have been working really hard for the past weeks and now we finally have a stable enough version to test. Like I said in the beginning, VLC is a media player, it can manage you video files, music and stream content from the web assuming you can provide links. The first version available on the Play Store works only with ARM v7 CPU‘s with integrated NEON extensions. That means that a minimum Cortex A8 CPU should work but not any as the Tegra 2 for example does not support NEON extensions. No need to worry though, ARM v6 and Tegra 2 support is coming in a few days. The UI of VLC is pretty basic, you won’t have problems getting around but don’t get used to it. The developers have already announced a huge UI change coming soon. Specific problems I encountered, given the Beta status, are not that bothersome. First, VLC didn’t manage to playback HD content using Hardware Acceleration, available in settings, but managed to do it very well once I deactivated the option. Second thing I found a little tiresome is that the app needed a lot of time to scan and add my music files to the library. These could be device specific but I expect future versions to correct most of the issues for all. For the moment VLC can be characterized as a promising solution to media management though it requires lots of work to reach the top.

    VLC for Android

    Download VLC for Android by following the link to the Play Store.

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