With Google TV officially closing down and Android TV becoming Google’s vision for the living room, more and more companies appear to be embracing the possibilities of what it could mean for how consumers view media. VLC, the makers of the beloved VLC media player (which sadly still hasn’t received Chromecast support), are hitting the ground running in 2015 when it comes to Android TV, and have released a preview build of their Android TV app to give consumers an early taste of how VLC could potentially fit in your living room.
The application is still is obviously a very early release that is sure to have some bugs, and there are also features that aren’t quite working yet. That being said, voice search, audio playback, album art, loading subtitles, adjusting playback speed and aspect ratio are currently up and running. You will need to make sure that the media you wish to play is located directly on the Android TV device or on a wired hard disk, as loading from a network attached drive isn’t functional just yet.
If you want to have a peek at the user interface, you can have a look at the preview build of the app via this video, courtesy of the GigaOm YouTube channel:
Again, it’s important to remember that this is nowhere near a final build of the application, and should be treated as as a preview/alpha build. If you can’t stand waiting and want to give the app a try, you can download the APK directly from this link.
What are your impressions of Android TV so far? Let us know what you think about it in the comments below.