The most awaited media player for Android smart phones has finally arrived! The new VLC for Android beta version has been released and published on the Google Play Store. Before downloading the application, it is best to know first what includes in the package. This VLC review will provide you with some of the most information you should know about the new Android app. Let’s go straight to business and get to know VLC better:
The new VLC for Android Beta brought to you by the VLC Mobile Team became available from the Google Play Store and Android market last July 2, 2012. But you should know that the released beta version is still currently a work in progress. As far as we know, the software has all the basic functionalities of a media player and it would be sometime until it is developed enough to work on all devices within the Android platform. There are already other media players available for Android devices such as Dice player, BS player and such, but it is still a great sight for the VLC to arrive on the Android platform even in its unfinished from.
You can already find the VLC Beta at Google Play here as a free app for Android devices running on 2.1 version or later. The VLC for Android Beta plays most of the multimedia files and network streaming protocols like its predecessor, the VLC media player on PC. The Google play description states that the released version of the app is intended for hackers and power users only, not for general consumers, and used at your own risk because of the simple fact that it is still a beta version. The beta version is much slower and unstable compared to the coming final version, developers say. An important thing to take note is that the VLC Beta version will only run on devices using ARMv7 processor that supports NEON processing engine.
The main features of the VLC Beta version is that it plays most of the local audio and video media files in any network streams. The beta version also includes a media library for audio and video files and folders that can be browsed easily and directly. The VLC app supports multi-track and subtitles as well as an auto-rotation, aspect-rotation adjustments and volume control gestures, as well as a widget for an efficient audio control is included that supports headset control.
Some of the factors that will change before the coming of the final version include the basic User Interface. Some improvements shall also be made on the performance and on audio issues that occur along with some other issues. The Slash Gear have already tested the VLC Beta and managed to use it on a Google Nexus 7. The team noted that even though there was some stutter video, it eventually became nice and smooth after they enabled the hardware acceleration feature which is not enabled by default. The VLC Beta may certainly have many restrictions, but it is very much expected that there will be plenty of Android device enthusiasts who will be willing to try it out nonetheless.