Unofficial VLC app for Android plays every video format you throw at it

Daniel Bader

March 3, 2012 4:26pm

VLC for Android is apparently in development, but isn’t due for public release for a few more months. In the meantime, the open source project has been built for different ARM-based chipsets by a member of XDA-Developers, and while it isn’t entirely optimized for hardware acceleration, it works quite well.

At the moment, the three supported chipsets are ARMv6/ARM11, ARMv7a/Cortex-A8/NEON, ARMv7a/Cortex-A9. This encompasses many of the current popular Qualcomm Snapdragon, TI OMAP and Nvidia Tegra SoCs. The interface is sparse but usable, with adherence with many of the design fundamentals of Android 4.0. We found video playback to be pretty smooth, with a few hiccups on the Galaxy Nexus, and the compiler recommends disabling hardware acceleration if you run into trouble.

Download the unofficial VLC for Android over at XDA-Developers and let us know how it works for your device.

Source: XDA-Developers

  • 4

    VLC <3 best app ever. I can't believe that there was a time when I used windows player 😛

    I guess you get smarter as you grow up… at least some of us 😀

    • Mike Laz

      Why are they making this for blackberry?

      It’s not fair.

  • barry

    bs player lite for android plays everything with hw accel, and also can play from LAN shares.

    • emc

      @barry Thanks for the tip. I’ve just installed BSPlayer lite on my HTC Desire Z and it works great. Going to add it to both my Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and wife’s Sony Tablet S.

      @jon_d0e. I’ve been comtemplating getting the Galaxy Note. What carrier are you on, and how’s the LTE speed (assuming yours is LTE, and not the international)

  • Boojay

    Lol, first two vids I threw at it didn’t work

    • Red Dragon

      The final version won’t be out for a couple of months yet. You are playing around with “beta” and hoping it works 100%? Ok then…

    • boojay

      I guess you don’t know how to read the title, huh?

  • jon_d0e

    its amazing. i sold my 55″ led tv in favor of my 5.3″ galaxy note, and now use this phone as my main tv.

    • Dimitri.k

      You must be joking right?… Man this person is either a no lifer in which lives on his phone or a huge troll…

  • GPrime

    Been using MX video player with pretty good results in ICS. Will try this, but will use the official vlc app when it’s released

  • EmperumanV

    Not bad, however will try it out. Currently using Mobo Player on my most of my devices. Shall try out BSPlayer as well.

  • MARS

    Been using Mobo player on my ICS rom and I noticed recently that it’s starting crash! Will try BS and VLC which is the only thing I use on my pc’s.

  • darel44

    I am currently using MX video player and find it plays all my video files real smooth,but VLC is the only one I use on
    a pc.

  • Anonymous

    Glad to see this happening (surprised it’s only just now happening).

    I use VLC on my PC and any PC I own. It’s truly the best multi-media program.

    On my phone (Gnexus) I’ve been using MX Video player but it won’t play most/all files for me. Won’t play AVI but plays mp4’s and mkv’s :S so this is a much welcome bit of news.

  • blobby

    Will try it on my apad generic’s tonight – will have to be good to top the diceplayer/sharkmote combo.