Popular video client VLC gets an Android beta, grab it now from Google Play

VideoLAN’s swiss army knife of the media player world has hit Google Play in beta form. VLC is now available for download, though its creators warn that the current version is just about as unstable as can be and is only recommended for seasoned Android users. For those interested in checking out how the popular desktop player translates to the mobile world, it is worth nothing that you will need a device with an ARMv7 processor supporting the NEON engine. Most Android users will meet that criteria. For those that don’t have a compatible device, VideoLAN is promising wider support in the future.

From the description of the app, it sounds like the typical user might want to skip this one until a more complete build is released. VideoLAN notes that the final UI will likely change and that the current release is missing performance enhancements and may experience audio playback issues. That being said, the media player does feature VLC standard multi-track audio and subtitle support and also comes with a playback widget for controlling audio playback. If you’re ready to take the plunge, head over to the Google Play Store now.

Google Play Link: VLC Beta (NEON version)

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  • serpa4

    Not compatible with DroidX.

  • PaulAtreides

    I’ll wait until my GS3 arrives and load up the Underworld collection to give it a spin.

  • http://twitter.com/RubenA181 Ruben

    LTE galaxy nexus showing “unavailable in your country”

  • http://www.facebook.com/aarontrevor Aaron Sentell

    Yeah, it’s unavailable in the US.

    • http://ARookieMistake.com DoctorFu

      Yep, I was given the same message… :-(

    • bmg314

      Oh well…there are plenty of times where things are available only in the U.S. so no big deal.

    • NightAngel79

      Comes up fine for me…

    • Imparus

      you can download the nightly build instead
      http://nightlies.videolan.org/build/

  • kris

    cant get it in the us. lame

  • Luke Grissom

    I just went to xda and downloaded the latest version 6/12/12, for my Bionic (a9). Its running better than the previous versions. I don’t know how much this market release beta is from that one but it’s worth checking out if you haven’t yet since we cannot download this version in the US.

  • Jeffrey Tarman

    Why bother when Mobo Player & MX Player do the same thing for free without issues

    • Andy_in_Indy

      Brand Loyalty.

    • Imparus

      you get adds on your so call free app. Anyway I will still stick to mx player, since vlc really need some performance enhancements.

  • Aslan N.L. Bollin

    Shows up fine in the market for me (in the US) but says my Nexus S and Iconia A500 are not compatible.

  • Pnutt916

    Not available in my country!??

  • Pascal

    MX player is best for me .

    • Del373

      Agreed, now that they’ve updated it with Jelly Bean support I have come back to MX from an app called VPlayer that is similar but not quite as nice as MX.

      VLC will need to bring something rather new and interesting to the table to get me to migrate from other android video players that have been around for a while.

    • cherubdawg

      MX player is amazing. It’s made me completely not care about VLC on Android. MX player has so many practical features and the interface is great.

  • NIGHTSCOUT

    Is it any good? Does it have good decoders or something?

    • PaulAtreides

      Yes it does

  • surethom

    Not compatible with the Asus eee pad. :(

  • Brian S.

    Oh… yes. Now I can play all of my media files on an Android. Life just keeps getting better.