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Unofficial VLC for Android Beta Released
Having a good, open source media player for Android has always been something to hope for. Unfortunately, up until now, nothing has quite satisfied this niche on the platform. Thankfully, the wait for some people is now over. XDA Senior Member adridu59 has taken some initiative and compiled VLC Media Player for use on Android devices. If the name sounds familiar, it should—it’s one of the most popular and stable cross-platform media players around.
The release is in beta right now, so you can expect some bugs. Features like hardware acceleration are still hit-or-miss, and there’s some media formats that aren’t supported just yet, but updates are being posted very frequently. In the words of the developer:
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 list of supported hardware is long, but is not yet complete, so those with unsupported devices will have to wait just a little while longer. You can find full release notes, change log, feature list, and download links in the original thread.
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