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VLC Media Player For Android Hits Beta, Still A Work In Progress But Ready For Download

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.

Via: XDA

  • Droid Lover

    I LOVE VLC! It’s the BEST media player ever made! I was so happy to hear they were working on a version for DROID phones! Then I heard a BETA version was out! I tried to download it and I guess it’s not compatible with my model of DROID, a Galaxy Prevail.. It’s a cheap samsung DROID and I was so disappointed that it wont install on my phone :(. Please VLC, make a version compatible with the more affordable DROIDS.. I’m poor and can’t afford the $300-$500 models. This DROID is my first smart phone and I LOVE it! The price was right too! It’s a Boost Mobile phone and cost me $129 from Best Buy.. I’ve used VLC for YEARS on my PC. I despise iProducts. I’ve never owned an apple product nor will I ever purchase one. I’m begging you, the programmers for VLC, to PLEASE make a version to work with my Samsung Galaxy Prevail Boost Mobile phone.

  • Audi0artist3

    I have a Huawei mercury on cricket. Is this phone supported please?

  • Random person

    Not working on Asus transformer on stock ICS.
    I downloaded the A9 version.

  • Fido Genial

    Last release of Win & Linux had a DASH support does android release support the DASH ?


    Would this also work for the Xoom with ICS?

  • JeffDenver

    Mobo does not play all formats. I have about 6 videos that will not play with sound on Mobo.

    But VLC does play them. VLC is awesome. 

  • jdrch

    I use MoboPlayer, which gets the job done for most files. Interested to see how this works though

  • Joshua Peters

    And this is a perfect example of the problem with fragmentation…..what a mess. 

    • Troll. LOL JK.  This problem doesn’t have so much to do with software differentiation as it does hardware design and instructions.

  • John Burke

    I’ll stick with MX Video Player

  • Umm Hummingbird is a Cortex A8 part…

  • AlexKCMO

    Does this have the volume boosting like the desktop version does?

  • Inquizitor

    Meh, I prefer MPC-HC for my desktop/laptop computers. However, I’ll definitely give this a go on Android.

  • Jeffrey Tarman

    It’s unofficial and I’ll wait since they’re (VideoLan) is working on an official build 
    http://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-android.html There was an alpha apk a while back, but it was buggy as hell and fc a lot.

    I still use and prefer Mobo Player since it plays everything I throw at it and it’s also free.

  • Dirk Diggler

    Useless for me and for a lot of other Android users. Dice player is best one and should be Android’s stock Video player.

  • RoadsterHD1

    Can someone post the download link please

  • RoadsterHD1

    where is the download

  • jgabler5025

    Version for Kindle Fire is OMAP 4, if anyone’s wondering.

  • Unofficial build with that kind of permissions access? No thanks! I’ll wait for an official build.

    • Agreed, I posted the same concern and it was ignored, yet he answered almost every other question.

      No thank you.

      • adridu59

        It is a debug build, needs all permission to run dumps.

  • I don’t have it in front of me, but isn’t the Xoom Tegra 2?  I am running an ICS Rom so there shouldn’t be a problem.  I’ll check the XDA link to see how its going for everyone.  If it sounds like a hassle, I’ll just wait. 

    • EricRees

      It is. I was hesitant of putting it and the Transformer up there. I know they have ICS now but I’m not sure how the tablet support works. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is also Tegra 2.


  • Mark

    YAY! Looking forward to this getting smoothed out.

  • TA

    HTC Evo 4G?

    • EricRees

      That would be the Snapdragon S1

  • Not official, but still cool.

  • FortitudineVincimus

    Can you say PITA.. pretty half baked at this stage, I’ll pass

    • Matthew Rosidivito

      Heh, well “half-baked” is implied when I read “Beta” and “Work in Progress”. I look forward to seeing what they do with this in the future, VLC makes a great media player on my computer.

  • Why does it require access to personal information and sensitive log data? Not too sure about that…

    • Matthew Rosidivito


  • Jason

    Anyone want to post some screenshots for those that can’t do it yet?  I am really excited about this, just curious how it looks in action!  Thanks guys!

  • What should I install for the Asus Transformer Prime? Just the Tegra 2 one?

    • EricRees

      I wouldn’t suggest it. It’s still in beta and he said he is working to bring it to more devices. Tegra 3 isn’t on the list yet.

      • Dag I thought it would at least wrok. Well ill wait. I wonder how well it does with 720p 10bit Anime files

        • superdry

          If VLC for Android uses the latest ffmpeg that can decode 10-bit files, it should playback.  Unfortunately, 10-bit 720p files still require a lot more horsepower than a quad-core ARM chip.

          I’ve played back 10-bit files on my Transformer Prime OCed to 1.6ghz using a test build of MX Video Player that allows the software decoder to use all four cores and the videos still chug along anywhere from 15-20fps and some files have audio/video sync problems.  It’s watchable on the go, but I’d say at least a 2.0ghz quad Cortex-A9 is probably the minimum (I don’t much about the Cortex-A15, so I’m not going to comment on that).

  • ‘The upgraded Snapdragon S3 powers the Galaxy SII (international)’

    Sorry that would be the Exynos. The T-Mobile/AT&T LTE/Rogers versions are the S3.

    The Exynos still uses the same VLC due to it being Cortex-A9 as well.

    • EricRees

      Fixed! My sources had it backwards, thanks for the clarification. 

  • gimlet72

    couldn’t find in market. can someone post link?  Also is the tf201 supported? not sure what processor the tegra 3 is

    • EricRees

      It’s only available for download through XDA. I don’t think the Tegra 3 is supported yet.

  • nicotinic


    • EricRees

      Updated it for you :). You have the OMAP3 like the OG Droid. 

      • nicotinic

        Thanks Mr. Rees(said like a school kids to a teacher).

  • Tweekex

    One of the best!

  • Just_Some_Nobody

    But I demand exynos!

    • adridu59

      Available now.

      • Just_Some_Nobody

         Good to know.  Thanks!

  • EvanTheGamer

    Wow..nice…definitely thinking about installing it.