+ Friday December 13th, 2019


The popular, cross platform media player VLC has (finally) exited Beta on Android and the first release stable version is out, at least for users in the US.

Many of you have probably been using the Beta version, even in its pre-release form it was one of the better media players on Android and now they’ve released it officially we get to see the final (at least for now) list of features they’ve bundled into the app.

  • 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 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.

When you get as far as installing it, there’s one of those scary permissions there. Why does a media player need access to your phone ID and call information? So they can automatically pause playback when you get a call of course!

We’ve included the links below, but in our testing, the app doesn’t appear to be available in the Australian Play Store just yet. Hopefully that’s an aberration and it isn’t far away.

VLC for Android
VLC for Android
Developer: Videolabs
Price: Free

VLC is one of the first installs I make on any device; PC, Laptop or mobile device because it’s easy to use and reliable at playback on pretty much any codec.

Do you use VLC, or do you have another favoured media player in your app arsenal?

Phil Tann   Associate

Phil Tann

Phil is an Android enthusiast who spends most of his time reading up on U.S. Android news so he can get the low down on what could possibly hit Australian shores. Coming from a background in IT & T sales, he’s in the perfect position to give an educated view on hardware and software.

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Derryn Jones

“We’re sorry, the requested URL was not found on this server.”


Yeah, play link was dead for me too. I use MX Player Pro almost exclusively but I would be happy to try VLC.


I’ve been using BS Player Pro on every Android device I’ve owned, for as long as I remember and it’s flawless. I stream a lot of content from my NAS and it never skips a beat.

I’ve been using VLC on every PC I’ve owned for as long as I remember and it’s flawless. I stream a lot of content from my NAS and it never skips a beat… that was weird!

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