VLC media player is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player that plays most multimedia files as well as discs, devices, and network streaming protocols.
This is the port of VLC media player to the Android™ platform. VLC for Android can play any video and audio files, as well as network streams, network shares and drives, and DVD ISOs, like the desktop version of VLC.
VLC for Android is a full audio player, with a complete database, an equalizer and filters, playing all weird audio formats.
VLC is intended for everyone, is totally free, has no ads, no in-app-purchases, no spying and is developed by passionate volunteers. All the source code is available for free.
Features –––––––– VLC for Android™ plays most local video and audio files, as well as network streams (including adaptive streaming), DVD ISOs, like the desktop version of VLC. It also support disk shares.
All formats are supported, including MKV, MP4, AVI, MOV, Ogg, FLAC, TS, M2TS, Wv and AAC. All codecs are included with no separate downloads. It supports subtitles, Teletext and Closed Captions.
VLC for Android has a media library for audio and video files, and allows to browse folders directly.
VLC has support for multi-track audio and subtitles. It supports auto-rotation, aspect-ratio adjustments and gestures to control volume, brightness and seeking.
It also includes a widget for audio control, supports audio headsets control, cover art and a complete audio media library.
Permissions –––––––––––– VLC for Android needs access to those categories: • "Photos/Media/Files" to read your all media files :) • "Storage" to read your all media files on SD cards :) • "Other" to check network connections, change the volume, set the ringtone, run on Android TV and display the popup view, see below for details.
Permission Details : • It needs "read the contents of your USB storage", in to order to read your media files on it. • It needs "modify or delete the contents of your USB storage", in order to allow deletion of files and store subtitles.
• It needs "full network access", to open network and internet streams. • It needs "prevent phone from sleeping" in order to prevent... your phone from sleeping when watching a video. • It needs "change your audio settings", in order to change audio volume. • It needs "modify system settings", in order to allow you to change your audio ringtone. • It needs "view network connections" in order to monitor whether device is connected or not. • It needs "draw over other apps" to start the custom picture-in-picture widget. • It needs "control vibration" to give feedback on the controls. • It needs "run at startup" to set recommendations on Android TV launcher screen, only used on Android TV devices. • It needs "microphone" to provide voice search on Android TV devices, only asked on Android TV devices.
Sep 19, 2022
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Updates have now fixed the widget and it now behaves as expected. I don't like the fact that when you pause the widget player, all other icons (rewind, skip, etc) disappear until you press play again. Aside from that, VLC has always been a great free media player and after an update has fixed the resizing of the widget I'm thrilled to have it back.
673 people found this review helpful
July 28, 2022
The rectangular form of the old widget is still there, if you long press on the widget, you can drag it's sides to change it's size and form
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September 20, 2022
I wish it had Google driving mode capability. I cant switch songs while driving as it always defaults to YouTube. I want to listen to The Wall on my phone without YouTube's PayWall. I have the whole album but not hands to spare at 60MPH. I also can't get it to start as part of my morning alarm. Great app, compatibility with almost any file type you find.
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September 9, 2022
I think they've given up on playing YouTube videos. 🥺 The stream by URL feature never works nor does the play this video with VLC feature. Please fix. Still, this is definitely the best player I've found for my music and videos. The SMB network access combined with options for slowing or speeding up video and audio are hard to find elsewhere.
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* Fix UPnP/DLNA discovery * Widget fixes and improvements * Improve the history settings * Improve the screenshot feature * Minor graphical improvements * Fix some playback issues * Fix some thumbnail generation issues * Crash fixes