VLC is coming to Android, really soon

vlc and VLC is coming to Android, really soonIt’s no secret that the VLC Media Player for Android has been in development for a long time, and now it seems official builds will finally be available to the public.

Same as VLC for Windows, OS X, and various Linux/Unix flavors, VLC for Android promises to play every audio and video format in every container… ever. For now hardware decoding is experimental, so one would need a fairly beefy device to do software decoding, especially for HD video formats. Contrary to its full-fledged-OS brethren, VLC for Android also features a media library and touch gesture controls, as expected from a portable application. Network video streaming is also supported, which comes in mighty handy when one wishes to have one’s whole movie collection in one’s hand.

My favorite Android video player, MX Player, just ditched DTS audio support due to licensing issues, and – to the best of my knowledge – no Android player so far supports newfangled Hi10P video. For these two issues alone I’m looking forward to VLC.

Until VLC arrives on the Google Play Store, here are official (unsupported) nightly builds, for the impatient.

UPDATE: VLC Mobile Team now officially made it to the Play Store.

[videolan.org]




8 Comments

Idoneous on June 25, 2012 5:32 PM

Finally.

hamoboy on June 26, 2012 9:04 AM

The VideoLan Foundation (or whatever they call themselves) spent so much time and effort on iOS VLC, only to have it removed from the App Store. Then they go about dicking around to try and get it put back on for ages. Finally, after 3 years of this crap, they get a clue and realize they could have been the #1 Android video player since day 1. Fairweather friends.

saratoga on June 26, 2012 6:40 PM

^^^ IIRC the VideoLan people didn’t port anything to iOS, the port was done by a third party using their source code.

Martin Sägmüller on June 26, 2012 9:54 PM

There were also several unofficial versions of VLC on the Play Store already, all of which got pulled again.

Seth X on June 27, 2012 7:27 PM

Best news I’ve heard since Nexus 7 and Q. Google TV will now be able to replace my HTPC for $99.

the dib on June 29, 2012 9:00 AM

mobo player says hi

wuaffiliate on June 30, 2012 4:36 PM

Very cool it’s finally coming to Android. I was lucky enough to have downloaded VLC from the apple app store on my 4S before it was taken down because of douchery. I’m betting the android version will be superior to the old ios one though.

Messier on August 7, 2012 12:46 PM

10 bit video playback won’t come too soon on any other device than pc’s because of the now exclusive cpu decoding so it’s just to much for a mobile device to handle.

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