Unofficial VLC Player Build Lands on Android in Beta Form

You can't very well call yourself a power user if you don't have VLC installed on your desktop system, the popular media player that will play anything nearly anything and everything you throw at it. Wouldn't it be rad if VLC was available on Android? The answer is 'yes' and, to an extend, VLC for Android has arrived.

It's an unofficial build, and it's also currently in beta, but it's available to download, provided you're rocking a rooted Android device with one of the supported chipsets. There are three main build variants available:
  1. ARMv6/ARM11
  2. ARMv7a/Cortex-A8/NEON
  3. ARMv7a/Cortex-A9

To break it down even further, a common device list of supported devices includes:

  • Snapdragon S1 --> ARM11
  • Snapdragon S2/S2 --> Cortex-A8/NEON
  • Snapdragon S4 --> Cortex-A9
  • Tegra 2 --> Cortex-A9
  • Hummingbird --> Cortex-A8/NEON
  • Exynos --> Cortex-A9
  • OMAP3 --> Cortex-A8/NEON
  • OMAP4 --> Cortex-A9

You also have to be rocking either a Gingerbread or Ice Cream Sandwich ROM, which shouldn't be an issue for any modern Android device. There have been over 20,000 downloads of the beta build so far, and if you want to join in the fun, you can do so here.

Tags:  Android, Beta, Videos, XDA, VLC