If somebody asked you about the best multimedia player available, you’d probably answer VLC Media Player. And the truth is that this free and open-source application has consolidated as the best media player on different platforms, including Windows PC, but also macOS, Linux, and Android.
This is the version in APK format for Android smartphones and tablet and that comes along with all the features that have made it so popular among millions of users. We have to take into account that we’re talking about a rather old application, the first version of which appeared back in 1996, and that since then has landed on all operating systems: Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 10… That fact has made it evolve version after version, thanks to the contributions of the user community that has implemented different improvements and functions on each new editions, that have later been taken into the mobile version.
VLC for Android offers us a video and audio player capable of opening and playing any format, regardless of how rare it may be, as well as streaming from networks and ISOs and DVDs, just like the desktop version:
- Play multimedia files in any format, including the most common: MKV, MP4, AVI, MOV, OGG, FLAC, TS, M2TS, WV, AAC…
- Codecs included without needing to download them separately.
- Access to the multimedia gallery with complete searches.
- Support for streaming networks including HLS.
- Support for secondary devices.
- Possibility to introduce subtitle tracks, both embedded and external, including ASS and for DVD.
- Compatible with headphone controls.
- Audio equalizer.
- Access all the contents of a network.
- Compatible with Chromecast.
Alternatives to VLC? Which one’s better?
Well, at this stage the truth is that there are many other tools to play videos and other multimedia formats that also work perfectly: MX Player, KMPlayer, Media Play Classic Home Cinema… The thing is that going for VideoLAN’s program is always a safe choice and a wise decision. You know that it’s hardly ever going to fail on you and that you’re going to be able to open whatever format you need. So, we can say without a doubt that it’s definitely the best multimedia player for Android, although others are gradually closing the gap.
What’s new in the latest version?
- Fixes subtitle problems.
- Fixes problems with forward and rewind actions in the assistant.
- Improves the accessibility of the descriptions in the video player.
- Stability improvements.
- Minor bug fixes.
Requirements and additional information:
- Minimum operating system requirements: Android 2.3.
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.
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.
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.