VLC Player for Android Available NOW in USA, Canada; Gets Android L Support
The official VLC player app for Android users has reached version 0.9.7, but it still remains in Beta, despite adding a bunch of new features.
The Android port of VLC hasn’t been available recently for North American users, since those trying to access the app from US and Canada were blocked from installing the app through Google Play.
VideoLAN team said that the restriction was put in place because they didn’t have access to enough devices from the United States and Canada. With the latest version, VLC becomes available for a global download.
According to the team, the final version of VLC for Android could come with next update, when it is also expected to drop the beta moniker and will bring Chromecast support, as well.
The eighth prerelease of VLC for Android comes with important fixes for video controls, improvements to the DVD menu and Android L support, as well. Of course, Android L hasn’t been officially launched, but developers already know how to tune their apps.
The latest version of VLC for Android comes with hardware decoding and a new interface available in dark or white colors. It also integrates DVD Iso and menu support, an equalizer, playlist management, Widi screens support and updated SD cards detection.
Hardware acceleration is now enabled by default on Android 4.3+ and has better subtitles support. Software decoding has been accelerated too, so video and audio files should be rendered much faster.
Most of the users are happy with its performance, here’s what Neil Stewart is saying:
“Great little player that works when others don’t I was flummoxed to discover that Google Music Player and most other free and paid for players don’t play .wma tracks on android devices – luckily VLC plays these without complaint and has a decent interface, allowing you to skip and pause from the phone lock screen! Great work VLC recent versions are slicker than ever an now I have found the album track lists (swipe up from track playing at bottom of screen) I’m very happy indeed.”
In case you are in the US or Canada and have been waiting for the app to return on the Play Store, follow this official link to get it.