Finally VLC media player hits the Google Play Store. VLC media player needs no introduction, it is one of the most popular open source media player available for various platforms like Windows, Mac, Linux etc. From today VLC media player is available for Android mobile phones. The first beta version (called NEON version) of this popular media player can be downloaded freely from the Google Play Store. VLC media player for Android can play most of the audio and video files just like its classic VLC player.
Currently it is in beta stage so there may be some bugs in the application and it is not ready for all Android mobile phones. Android VLC media player beta version only runs on Android 2.1+ mobile phones having ARMv7 processor which most of the latest devices (like Samsung Galaxy SIII, HTC One X) have. Android tablet users will have to wait some more time to get a compatible version of this player. It will not work on mobile phones like Samsung Galaxy Y which has older ARMv6 processor. But the good news is that VideoLAN, the company behind the VLC media players is working on a ARMv6 compatible application which will be released in future.
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.
VLC media player for android can be a good alternative of paid media players like Dice Player or MX Player (paid version). The initial review of Android VLC media player is positive. It has received 4.4 rating out of 5 in Google Play Store. If you have a compatible Android mobile phone then hit the link below to download VLC media player for Android.
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