VLC is one of the best apps available out there for running video files, and it’s also highly reliable for smartphones. VLC is a free and open source cross-platform player that’s capable of displaying most multimedia files, but also devices, discs, and network streaming protocols.
VLC is almost two decades old since it was developed by VideoLAN. The app is available for a variety of operating systems like Windows, Linux, Android, iOS, macOS, Solaris, Haiku, and so on.
Don’t miss the 3.3.0 RC 4 update for Android
The 3.3.0 RC 4 update of the VLC app just arrived for Android users, and you shouldn’t miss it if you own a phone packed with Google’s operating system. The new update offers the following:
- Fix TV player button focus state and order
- Fix crash for audio category
- Fix app not launching if it’s installed on SD card on some Android versions
- Improve the DVD/BD menu support
The Play Store describes the VLC app in a very realistic way:
“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.”
There are also plenty of alternatives to the VLC app, and we can mention BS.Player, KMPlayer, MPlayerX, Free FLV Player, and more. You can even use Winamp if you’re nostalgic enough and you don’t care about the security risks.
If you’re willing to get your hands on VLC’s new update for Android, the best way to do it is by opting for the greatest virtue of all: have some patience. A notification should appear on your screen shortly and inviting you to update the VLC program. Otherwise, you can also install the update manually through an APK file.