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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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