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VideoLAN Releases VLC Beta for Android

VideoLAN not too long ago celebrated 1,000,000,000 downloads of VLC and now the company is adding support for another platform. The company mentioned that it was headed for Android in mid-June and yesterday it emerged that VLC is now available in beta in the Google Play Store.

VideoLAN confirmed the news via Twitter, explaining that the currently available beta is for devices based on ARMv7 and the NEON Engine. The company has promised another version, which will bring support for Tegra 2 and ARMv6, that is scheduled for release in a few days.

VLC for Android will play most local video and audio files as well as network streams. It also packs a media library for audio and video files; the ability to browse folders directly; support for multi-track audio and subtitles, aspect-ratio adjustments, and gestures for volume control; a widget for audio control; and support for audio headsets control.

Of course, this app is still in beta, which means it's not quite finished. As a result, there are a few features that aren't final or are missing. VideoLAN says that we can expect the basic UI to change, as well as some audio problems, and other unknown issues. Hardware decoding only works with a limited set of hardware and some performance improvements are missing.

Last but not least, VideoLAN has updated its Twitter to inform users that the beta is not yet accessible for those in the U.S. and Canada but available 'everywhere else.' No word on when North American availability is expected but we'll keep you posted.

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  • TeKEffect
    come on US release
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  • I really don't think VideoLAN gets enough credit... let's take a moment to appreciate how much VLC Media Player has made our lives that much better by providing seamless compatibility for all of our torrented movies.

    1,000,000,000 downloads well deserved!
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  • eddieroolz
    VLC is a good player. It has its ups and downs, but for the most part its been great.
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  • CaedenV
    VLCFTWI really don't think VideoLAN gets enough credit... let's take a moment to appreciate how much VLC Media Player has made our lives that much better by providing seamless compatibility for all of our torrented movies.1,000,000,000 downloads well deserved!True, they have a wonderfully powerful player, but you have to admit that the image quality has really suffered in the last few iterations, especially with interlaced footage and H.264 material. They use to be able to smooth out the video to look great no matter how badly encoded it was, now things look so blocky that I actually moved back to WMP for most content, which has much better post processing... even if it is frustrating not being able to control it like you can with VLC.
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  • koga73
    I'm excited about the ARMv6 release because that means it will run on the Raspberry PI
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  • juanc
    Big supporter of VideoLan... best thing around EVER.

    But.. yes, it's true it has issues with Interlaced stuff. Have seen it lately
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  • alidan
    VLC was at one point my default player...
    now its my back up and streaming player

    mostly because zoom/mpc plays everything i want with less glitches, but the few things that it wont play (old ogm files) vlc will
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  • ricdiculus
    I wonder if there will be support for VOB file structure playback (aka DVD structure) I know there is software to play mp2 files, but not as a dvd (menus, language selection and so on...).
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  • skittle
    VLCFTWI really don't think VideoLAN gets enough credit... one might say that its because all the hard work is actually done by the ffmpeg project.

    ricdiculusI wonder if there will be support for VOB file structure playback (aka DVD structure) I know there is software to play mp2 files, but not as a dvd (menus, language selection and so on...).Yes, vlc,mplayer, mpc-hc,zoom... all provide menu support through libdvdnav
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  • fatality1515
    VLC is an awesome player.. but what it needs badly is 3D support.. At this moment I use on linux Bino player for playing back 3D content (it can take any input -over-under, half side by side etc.. and it can change rearrange to other formats, even output to all the flavours of anaglyph on the fly), it's also really good for 2D stuff as well since it has great hardware acceleration..
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