VLC Player Beta has been released on the Google Play Android app store. A free download, it’s a media player that can handle more codecs than most Android devices can cope with natively.
This is far from the only media player of this ilk to arrive on the Android app store, but as one of the biggest names in desktop media players, VLC Player sure to attract hundreds of thousands – if not millions – of downloads.
Currently in beta, VLC Player only supports phones with ARMv7 NEON CPUs, and hardware decoding mode will only work with a handful of phones. Aiming for the Android elite, this initial release is aimed primarily at the HTC One X and Samsung Galaxy S3, which VLC says will support 720p MKVs. Features other than basic media playback include support for subtitles, network streams and media library searching.
A work-in-progress effort, the VLC team warns that “It might kill your kitten, destroy your house and start the mayan apocalypse. Use it at your own risk.” VLC writes that the release is aimed at “power users and hackers.” VLC Player was released for iPhone back in 2010 – also in Beta form – but was subsequently pulled from the App Store.