VLC Player for Android

Media players are that software category that get a lot of attention from users. Now VLC is one of the most popular media players on the desktop and there are those who stand by it, no matter how many alternatives come up. VLC Player has made a landing on the mobile platform, but that was on iOS and the player was removed from the app store following some licensing issues that arose between the developers of the program. VLC 2.0 was launchedrecently for the desktop and there has been talk about a mobile version coming again for both iOS and Android devices. The source for the program is available online, so some of the coders over at XDA Developers have gone ahead and compiled the app and made it available for download.

VLC Player is a unique desktop player that plays almost all video and audio files flawlessly. Since the code for this software has been open-sourced, enthusiast developers have managed to port it for Android OS platform.

The new VLC for Android beta has been released through XDA Developers Forum and has not been submitted to the Android Market. It is still works in progress to have it tested widely on variety of Android OS based devices.

The VLC for Android App is now available only for the select hardware and ones that run ARMv6/ARM11, ARMv7a/Cortex-A8/NEON and ARMv7a/Cortex-A9 architecture based processors. Due to large number of Android smartphone models, it is difficult to list down all. However, the easy way is to try installing the app from the SD card to see which one works perfectly.

Mostly the ARMv7a/Cortex-A9 based smartphones are the high end smartphones that were released in last 12 months. So if you have smartphone that has Nvidia Tegra 2, TI OMAP 3 or OMAP 4, Samsung Hummingbird or Qualcomm Snapdragon inside, then you can certainly try out the VLC for Android.

To install VLC for Android, you must check the option in Settings under Apps to install the App. The VLC for Android is in Beta stage and there is no estimated date when the final version of the App.

Now, the app may not be fully ready for use but you can visit the forum and download the APKs for your device, if you want to take an early look at itThe app is based on the VLC 2.0 source and it uses native VLC libraries to decode the various media formats. Like VLC on the desktop, it’s safe to assume that the mobile app will also run all formats, flawlessly, except for DTS, MPEG2 and Theora, which haven’t been implemented, yet. Hardware acceleration is part of the feature set as well, so phones that support hardware acceleration for media can take advantage of this. However, if your phone doesn’t support it, it’s recommended that you turn off hardware acceleration.

There’s no support for streaming media, as of now, but if and when it does get implemented, it will open up a whole world of possibilities. Users should be able to stream content over the web and even use VLC at home to stream videos from their PCs to their mobile phones and tablets. The app is available for three variants for different hardware – ARMv6/ARM11, ARMv7a/Cortex-A8/NEON and ARMv7a/Cortex-A9. The app supports Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and also the latest Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS.

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