Android users who have been enviously eying up the iOS version of VLC can stop being so green-eyed. An Android version of the popular media player has been released, albeit in the form of an early beta. VLC Beta (NEON version) is an intriguing taste of what you can expect to find in future releases of the Android version of one of the most popular media players available.
As you would expect, VLC Beta (NEON version) can be used to play audio and video files that you have stored on your Android based phone or tablet, but there are also streaming options that means you can play files that you have stored on your computer or a network location. VLC has become the go-to app for anyone wanting to ensure that they are able to playback almost any file format imaginable, and the mobile version features this same luxury.
VLC Beta (NEON version)
Used for watching videos, you can take advantage of features such as auto-rotate and aspect ratio adjustment, while gestures are available to allow you to control volume. If you are using the app to listen to music, there is no need to have it in the foreground the whole time; a home screen widget can be used to control playback and there is also support for headset controls. Should you receive a call while you’re watching or listening to something, playback will be automatically paused so you won’t miss a thing.
If you are not used to working with beta software, particularly Android beta software, you should bear in mind that the version of the app is not necessarily a reflection of what you can expect to see in the final release. Stability is something of an issue at the moment, and the number of supported devices is a little limited – especially hardware decoding – but this is something that will improve over time as development continues.
You can find out more and download a free copy of the app by paying a visit to the VLC Beta (NEON version) review page.
This article originally appeared at softwarecrew.co.uk