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VLC for Android exits beta, brings bug fixes and a few other tweaks

VLC has finally left the beta stages, bringing a few bug fixes and overall stability improvements to the table.
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December 8, 2014
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VLC (Video LAN Client) isn’t the most flashy media player in the world, but it is one of the best. A must-have for Windows, Linux and Mac PC users that are looking for a player that “just works” with about any media format you throw at it, I’ve been a personal fan of VLC for since the very early 2000s. Roughly two years ago, the folks behind VLC decided to bring some love to the Android world, and since then VLC has been on offer as a beta release — until today.

VLC 1.0 is the first stable release of the media player and so, unsurprisingly, it is said to bring a host of bug fixes. However, one thing missing is the long promised addition of Chromecast support… Oh well, we’ll get it eventually.

Here’s the changelog from its Google Play listing:

  • VLC for Android 1.0.0
  • This release fixes ARMv8 processors, Android 5.0 crashes and minor improvements.
  • The 0.9.x series is major release with hardware decoding and a new interface available in dark or white colors. It 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 4.3+ and has better subtitles support. Software decoding has been accelerated too.

VLC for Android is free to use and is said to work with any Android 2.1 or higher device, though some tablets and phones work better than others.