Daily Android App: VLC for Android Beta

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VLC is one of the most popular and desired media players on almost all platforms, making its debut on Windows and spreading across many others. Only recently, though, it has landed on Android and it aims on delivering the most remarkable media experience ever while still doing the magic that made the original so successful.

The key component of VLC’s success lies in its power and simplicity, the ability to play almost any file there is while still keeping the memory usage to a minimum. The Android version, though much different from its PC counterpart, is backed up by the same concept: simplicity. It offers a cool, sleek user interface and immediate access to the provided content. The user environment can be described in the following way: there’s the main toolbar with a few buttons, such as the search button. On the left there’s a sidebar which provides access to additional media directories and switches between the audio and video player. Ultimately, on the center of the screen there’s the area that occupies the most of the provided screen estate: the media browser. Media content is presented right in front of your fingertips and only a single tap is needed for the playback to be triggered.

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VLC’s primary job, though, is to provide seamless audio and video playback of almost any media format out there and, luckily, it does it brilliantly. Videos run silky smooth with no hiccups whatsoever, the media controls are simple, yet smart, there are also some additional stats shown, such as battery percentage which can be very helpful. There are also some options that can be tweaked in the settings menu, such as whether the video playback is hardware-accelerated or not, whether VLC will recognize a headset when plugged-in etc.

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All in all, VLC is a very solid media player, lightweight, yet powerful and easy to use. If that’s the thing that matters to you the most, do not wait a second: get it for free from the Google Play Store!

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