VLC finally releases Android beta version [Update]

Fans of the popular VLC media player can now check out a new Android beta version of the app, if they have the right hardware. The beta version is supposed to work on Android 2.1 and above but according to the beta's own release notes, "This version is ONLY for devices with a CPU ARMv7 that will support NEON."

If your Android device has what it takes, you can download the public beta of VLC right now on Google Play. VideoLAN says that the Android version can play "most local video and audio files, as well as network streams" just like the PC version of VLC. It contains a media library, along with a multi-track audio and subtitle feature and more.

Again, this is a beta version, so even if your Android device is compatible, it may not work as advertised. It is also lacking a number of features that VideoLAN will add in future versions. VideoLAN does have a sense of humor about this admittedly incomplete Android port, saying, "It might kill your kitten, destroy your house and start the mayan apocalypse. Use it at your own risk. Have Fun! :)."

In early May, VideoLAN reported that the previous versions of VLC have been downloaded over 1 billion times since it launched in 2005.

Update: Neowin member Brando212 reached out to VideoLan to ask why it can't be installed on American devices and got a response:

Hello,

We do not have access to American devices, and they are often not the same as the international ones, especially with different CPU/GPU.

As we will have a LOT of crashes already with the European phones, USA will wait a bit, but not long :)

Best,
JB Kempf

So there you have it.

Source: Google Play | Image via VideoLAN

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apk downloads avail. from their Android builds page http://nightlies.videolan.org/build/

Works but haven't tested thoroughly yet on a Galaxy Tab 2 7 -- with H264 vid works *almost* as good as built-in player, once hardware accel is turned on in settings, but, got it for formats not supported by the tab's player so no big deal so far.

I have international HTC One X but on Bell. It says it is incompatible !!!!


Ps. Play store finds VLC Direct Pro Free with the same logo... WTF?? is it even related to real VLC.

Chica Ami said,
VLC is the worst player on any platform no matter what. It lags too much no matter what file you give it to play.

Trolololol

Tried to install on my galaxy S2 and it said "can't be installed in this device's country" ....

I'm in the US but am using the Telus 4.0.3 rom (because T-mobiles bloat sucks bigtime)

Kelxin said,
Tried to install on my galaxy S2 and it said "can't be installed in this device's country" ....

I'm in the US but am using the Telus 4.0.3 rom (because T-mobiles bloat sucks bigtime)

I have a galaxy nexus that I purchased from Google, running on the T-Mobile network. It also says I can't install it in this country (US).

Enrique Ivers said,

I have a galaxy nexus that I purchased from Google, running on the T-Mobile network. It also says I can't install it in this country (US).

yeah, i can't install it on my galaxy tab 7 for the same reason 0_o (US here as well)
since when does the US not get these kind of betas? lol

Enron said,
ARM v7 CPU with NEON? What is that? Can I root my Samsung Galaxy S2 to add it in?

ur galaxy2 is compatible i believe. if it isnt there are versions floating around on xda that make it comaptiable

Enron said,
ARM v7 CPU with NEON? What is that? Can I root my Samsung Galaxy S2 to add it in?

I was also wondering. I have a new Evo 4G LTE (HTC One XL) and I can't run this? Interesting, in a not interesting way.

Larry the Lobster said,

I was also wondering. I have a new Evo 4G LTE (HTC One XL) and I can't run this? Interesting, in a not interesting way.


nVidia Tegra 2 does NOT support NEON
nVidia Tegra 3 DOES (HTC One X)
OMAP 4 DOES (Droid 3/4, RAZR/MAXX, Kindle Fire, Nook Tablet)
Exynos 4210 DOES (Galaxy SII)

Asmodai said,

nVidia Tegra 2 does NOT support NEON
nVidia Tegra 3 DOES (HTC One X)
OMAP 4 DOES (Droid 3/4, RAZR/MAXX, Kindle Fire, Nook Tablet)
Exynos 4210 DOES (Galaxy SII)

My one x is listed as incompatable, i blame how play checks my device. It is the HTC One X (International - Tegra 3) but with an AT&T sim so it shows up as "AT&T HTC HTC One X
This item cannot be installed in your device's country."

Probably because the region is still frFR, cid HTC__203. tl;dr: haters.

I could just grab the apk or grab the modified play to skip that but eh..

Colicab said,
This is excellent news, now for an RC or 1.0 and I,ll be grabbing it!

I wonder how it will compare to the excellent MX Player.