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VLC is one of those tools that's in every geek's toolbox. The video player that supports every video format known to man still doesn't have an official, finished Android version, though. In the meantime, however, developer cvpcs, has done us all the courtesy of setting up an hourly build server for the alpha of VLC for Android.


The builds come in both NEON and non-NEON flavors. So, folks with older phones, or devices with the Tegra 2, for example, should probably download the non-NEON version. Newer devices packing the likes of the T3, S4, and modern Exynos SoCs can enjoy the NEON version. Be sure to check online to see if your processor has NEON support if you're unsure.

To reiterate, this isn't an official source, and the builds are still very alpha at the moment, but it's nice to see that the community is at least picking up some of VideoLAN's slack. Hit up the source link below to grab the most bleeding edge VLC on Android you can get right now.

Source: VLC Hourlies via Google+

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  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    I've been using VLC builds on Android for about a month, and I'm psyched
    to move to stable builds when they're ready. It's already much better
    than most players out there, which for some reason seem to be all built
    by people who barely speak English, that charge $10 for a license that
    doesn't transfer to other devices.

    H/t to Austen Dicken, aka cvpcs, for setting up Jenkins and the smart builds.

    • xhazyx

      Yea this is one of the apps that I've been missing in android... Cvpcs is a great dev, he's done great work for Motorola devices, i wish he would get an HTC tho...
      Back on topic: why hourly builds? Do that many commits go into it, that daily wouldnt cut it?

      • Christopher Orr

        It's not hourly; it's for each commit.

      • cvpcs

        It doesn't build hourly. It pings VLC's repo hourly to determine if a change has been made within that hour. If one has it builds. If not then it doesn't bother.

        Hourly checks, and builds as needed.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          Which is the ideal approach, IMO.

        • xhazyx

          Thanks for the clarification. That is indeed a very clever approach

        • xhazyx

          Thanks for the clarification. That is indeed a very clever approach

  • Dan

    Great.  Now where's the donate link?  Or donate app in the store.  er...  in the play thing.  wtf?  I still can't figure out how to say that.

    Whatever.  Get a donate link, Austen.  I'd be in for the price of a pizza to help fuel this thing, no problem.

    • cvpcs

      Donate to the VLC team (http://videolan.org) as I'm not actually a developer for VLC, I just like their product, put together a build server, and felt others could benefit from it! :D

    • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

      I just say Store. Or Play. Doesn't really matter tbh.

      This is awesome. Can't wait until VLC comes for Android properly in the Store. Gonna be an awesome, awesome day.

  • warcaster

    Why isn't the VLC team developing it anyway? I can't believe they tried to put an open source app on Apple's app store first instead or making it for Android...I guess they deserved for it to be taken down by Apple.

    • cvpcs

      VLC is developing it. This is just a build server. And actually VLC for iOS was taken down at developer request, not by Apple. I guess the team felt that the way in which Apple applies DRM to the apps in their store violated the GPLv2 that VLC is licensed under.

  • http://www.facebook.com/eli.friedman1 Eli Friedman

    I've only got one issue with it that's stopping me from using it all the time. I'm using a Gnex and the buttons don't disappear like they would on the stock player. 

    Other than that it's rock solid for me! 

  • Irked

    "but it's nice to see that the community is at least picking up some of VideoLAN's slack."

    What on earth? You must be kidding. Whoever is packaging this is not "picking up" slack for the VLC team, they are simply packaging and releasing the VLC team's work, probably without their permission. When they are ready to release a beta they will. I can't believe you guys are writing stuff like this.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Why does someone need permission to package and release builds of open source software like VLC?

      The slack that's being picked up is lack of nightly or other builds from the VLC team - as you can see, the software is in pretty decent shape.