VLC media player is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player that plays most multimedia files as well as discs, devices, and network streaming protocols.
This is the port of VLC media player to the Android™ platform. VLC for Android can play most video and audio files, as well as network streams and DVD ISOs, like the desktop version of VLC.
VLC for Android is also a full audio player, with a complete database, an equalizer and filters, playing all weird audio formats.
VLC is intended for everyone, is totally free, has no ads, no in-app-purchases, no spying and is developed by passionate volunteers. All the source code is available for free.
VLC for Android™ plays most local video and audio files, as well as network streams (including adaptive streaming), DVD ISOs, like the desktop version of VLC.
All formats are supported, including MKV, MP4, AVI, MOV, Ogg, FLAC, TS, M2TS, Wv and AAC. All codecs are included with no separate downloads.
VLC for Android has a media library for audio and video files, and allows to browse folders directly.
VLC has support for multi-track audio and subtitles. It supports auto-rotation, aspect-ratio adjustments and gestures to control volume, brightness and seeking.
It also includes a widget for audio control, supports audio headsets control, cover art and a complete audio media library.
This version is for all devices except ARMv6 devices. They will be supported in a future release.
VLC for Android needs access to :
Device & app History to be able to read logs, to help understand crashes and issues, so we can improve VLC.
Photos/Media/Files to read your all media files 🙂
Device ID & call information in order to pause music/video during incoming and outgoing phone calls.
Other to check network connections and hide the streaming parts when needed.
Permission Details :
It needs read phone status an identity, in order to pause music during outgoing and incoming calls.
It needs read the contents of your USB storage, in to order to read your media files on it.
It needs modify or delete the contents of your USB storage, in order to allow deletion of files.
It needs full network access, to open network and internet streams.
It needs control vibration, in order to provide UI feedback when seeking in the video and audio players.
It needs prevent phone from sleeping in order to prevent… your phone from sleeping when watching a video.
It needs change your audio settings, in order to change audio volume.
It needs modify system settings, in order to allow you to change your audio ringtone.
It needs view network connections in order to monitor whether device is connected or not, to hide the streaming parts.
For Android TV app only:
It needs record audio for audio search using your microphone.
It needs to receive the ACTION_BOOT_COMPLETED that is broadcast after the system finishes booting” to set recommendations on Android TV launcher screen.
VLC user reviews:
This is a great port to the Android platform. I use ESFile explorer to navigate to the OTG USB drive, tap the MPEG, etc.and it work’s fine! I have problems trying to play DVD ISO’s. The menu’s don’t respond to touch, but the player controls come up. It won’t play some video MP4’s. A wish list item would be to be able to scan the USB for video files in the VLC settings. I know the quirks will be worked out, they were on the PC version. Thanks VLC!
Video playback is still terrible. Disabling hardware acceleration helps some, but it’s still choppy, pauses and lags. Advanced hardware decoder is set to auto. I don’t like converting audio so I can use the stock player, but that’s what it is now. Playback is better on a g3 than a note 4. Two updates ago everything was fine. What happened? Please fix.
Last Update April 30, 2015 :
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