If you have a computer, you should have VLC installed. The popular media player will literally play almost any file format that you drop into it and is a must have for anyone that uses lots of video files. VLC for Android has been in the works for a while but has now reached the beta stage where it can be released to the masses. As of now the release is slated for only a few chipsets; ARMv6/ARM11, ARMv7a/Cortex-A8/NEON and ARMv7a/Cortex-A9. It’s ok, I was confused too, but VLC for Android developer adridu59 explains it like this:
- Snapdragon S1 → ARM11
- Snapdragon S2/S3 → Cortex-A8/NEON
- Snapdragon S4 → Cortex-A9
- Tegra 2 → Cortex-A9
- Hummingbird → Cortex-A9 (Current gen. only)
- OMAP3 → Cortex-A8/NEON
- OMAP4 → Cortex-A9
The only other caveat is that this is made for Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich. There are three different files to flash depending on your chipset, hit the break to see which file to install for your phone.
The OMAP4 is what most of our readers will be installing. That includes the Galaxy Nexus, DROID RAZR, Bionic, DROID 4 and DROID 3. The OMAP3 is your file if you still have the Droid X and the OG Droid (keep in mind this is only ready for Gingerbread).
The Tegra 2 was featured in the Droid X2 and ASUS Transformer (only install if you are on ICS).
The Snapdragon S2 was the power behind the HTC Incredible and HTC Thunderbolt as well as the Xperia Play. The upgraded Snapdragon S3 powers the Galaxy SII (T-Mobile, AT&T) and the HTC Rezound.
The Hummingbird line powered the original Galaxy S line, the Galaxy Tab, the Nexus S and the DROID Charge.
Did you get all that? I tried to track down all the phones that would be relevant to our readers. To find the files and the instructions hit the source link below. Be warned this is still a work-in-progress and that you should always make a backup before flashing anything.