VLC Media Player is probably the best media player for Windows, specially for videos. It plays almost all the media files I throw at it. But our android-verse is yet to have this. Though, Austen, a software developer has compiled his own build of vlc player android.
It has a very neat interface with all the basic functions one would want from a media player. Switching between videos and music is easy with a touch. It played well most of the videos that I tried on it and songs as well.
It plays virtually any video/audio file. AKA if it runs on android, no need to re-encode videos anymore.
Download: VLC Player Android
There are two versions: NEON and Non-NEON. Now what the heck is NEON? The difference is in the processor type. Open up a file manager and locate “/proc/cpuinfo”. If you see the word NEON in there, you’ll have to use the NEON build.
before you install VLC, note that:
- It won’t play full HD videos (1080p) perfectly
- The tabs, other than songs, don’t work in Music section, like the albums, genres tab etc.
- It crashes often (on my Galaxy S2)
- Shuffle & Repeat don’t work as of now.
- Album arts don’t show up
- Lock feature doesn’t work in videos. (Not the phone lock button)
But hey, this is just a pre-release version, right? It’ll improve in the coming future as long as the developer doesn’t kill this project. I hope the developer keeps on working on this project, and updates all the features needed, oh and a widget as well, I want that on my homescreen. I wonder what happens if he makes it perfect and adds an option to stream media from PC as well? It would then become the best media player for android!
By the way, if you wish to stream media from PC right now, VLC Direct is the a good option. It can stream videos and music from your PC (and vice-versa as well!). However, there are other media streaming apps from PC to android also, which you can check out. Let us know what you feel about vlc player android.
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