Unofficial VLC for Android Beta Released

Unofficial VLC for Android Beta Released

Unofficial VLC for Android released into the wild; features Gingerbread support and, like the desktop version of VLC Media Player, plays almost all media formats.

VLC Media Player, the swiss-army knife of media players for desktop computers, still hasn’t released an official version for Android, and independent developers have stepped up to the fill gap by releasing unofficial versions of their own.

Last September, developer Austen Dicken released a “pre-alpha” version to bridge the gap, and just recently a user under the alias “adridu59” on XDA Developers released a beta version of his own.

Sure there are other media players for Android, but VLC is the best because “it just works.”

Features:

  • Gingerbread & ICS support
  • Compiled using VLC-2.0 source tree as base (bypassed hash-check )
  • Hardware acceleration support
  • Headset detection
  • Almost all media formats *should* be working
  • Streaming support (but no interface at the moment)’ Use BubbleUPnP for now (thanks vulcanfk)

Like all VLC Media Players, VLC for Android plays all media formats which means no more frustrating moments trying to get a video to play nor worrying about converting a video to 3GP or other device-compatible format.

Now there’s two VLC Media Player for Android build versions: NEON and NONEON. The device’s processor type is what determines the version you’ll need., and you can find it in the file on the device called /proc/cpuinfo. Open it and look in the “Features” line as shown below.

  • Processor : ARMv7 Processor rev 2 (v7l)
  • processor : 0 BogoMIPS : 1597.74
  • Features : swp half thumb fastmult vfp edsp thumbee neon vfpv3
  • CPU implementer : 0×41
  • CPU architecture: 7
  • CPU variant : 0×1
  • CPU part : 0xc09
  • CPU revision : 2
  • Hardware : mapphone_CDMA
  • Revision : 0000 Serial : 0000000000000000

If you see the word NEON in the Features line then you’ll need to install the NEON version, and if it’s not then NONEON. If you’re still not sure what to do or are having problems getting it to work properly then go ahead and try them all.

What’s your favorite media player for Android? Let me know in the comments section below.

Stay tuned.

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