On my desktop computer, my preferred media players are VLC and BS Player, and I’ve always looked forward to the moment when VLC will finally be available for my Android smartphone, as well. While still in beta, as it has been for the past two years, the VLC app has now officially graduated to a 1.0 build, which is a formal exit from the beta version.
However, VideoLAN hasn’t yet officially announced the Beta exit, but let’s hope that it isn’t too far away. Besides graduating to a stable release, the 1.0 version of VLC comes with a few Android 5.0 bug fixes and also solves issues that specifically affected devices with ARMv8 processors.
Chromecast support was announced back in June, this year, but it still isn’t baked in, as Android Police informs. Hopefully that will be coming in a future release. Albeit still in Beta, VLC for Android plays most local video and audio files, as well as network streams, DVD ISOs, just like the desktop version of VLC. The Android app also has a media library for audio and video files, and allows users to browse folders directly.
VLC for Android also comes with support for multi-track audio and subtitles, supports auto-rotation, aspect-ratio adjustments and gestures to control volume and brightness. There’s also a widget for audio control; the app also supports audio headsets control, cover art and a complete audio media library.