It seems like we've been waiting forever for an official build of VLC to land in the Play Store, and that day has finally come... for some people, anyway. First off, the build that just landed in the Store is for devices with ARMv7 NEON CPUs only. This includes most modern processors, like Tegra 3, Exynos, OMAP4, and Snapdragon S2, S3, and S4. If you have an older processor, like Tegra 2 or one that uses ARMv6 architecture, then a build for your device should be available "in a few days."

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While this version is beta, it still supports all the features that users of VLC's desktop software have come to expect, like playback of nearly any video or audio file, media library, support for multi-track audio and subtitles; as well as some mobile-specific goodies like auto-rotation, aspect ratio adjustments, and gestures to control volume. It also features a widget, headset controls, and cover art support.

It's worth noting, however, that the UI is still very basic and will change as development progresses, and some minor audio issues may occur since this is still an early version of the application.

All this is great, but there's one downside: VLC isn't available in the U.S. or Canada (likely due to legal reasons) Update: Turns out that it's not available in North America simply because VideoLan doesn't "have access to enough devices from there." Interesting.

However, if you want to give it a shot, regardless of geographical location, you can always grab the latest nightly from right here.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Kokusho

    SUZUMIYA HARUHI ! gogo ! <3 !

  • Laurence

    Ha! How sweet to be on the other side for once :D

  • Maxime MARAIS

    If this can provide support, just know Sound Search for Google Play does not work were Google Play Music is not available. That's the case in France, cradle of VLC. :)

    • JonJJon

      I got my friend to download the Sound search widget apk and install it on his ICS SGS2 and it works a charm :) (In England, we don't have Google Play Music either)

  • Csengeri Zsolt

    Tegra 2,is an ARMv7 based processor!;-)

    • http://www.facebook.com/4x4nismo Corey Allen

      Tegra 2 is ARMv7 but it doesn't have neon, hence the very limited video play back on the device.

  • moelsen8

    what legal reasons would keep it out of the US and Canada out of curiosity?  is it because of the whole proprietary format crap, like mp3s and such (correct me if i'm wrong)? enjoy this one, rest of the world!  :)

  • Huton Gergö

    GG VLC for All whitout US and CANADA :))

  • NemaCystX

    I can almost bet that devs will get this working on devices for the US

  • http://twitter.com/IamPeePay Tomáš Petrík

    It's interesting how unavailability of one app (which is still in beta) in the US for half a day creates an outrage like this, but nobody gives a damn about the fact that hundreds of interesting or new services are permanently not available outside the US... Now how do we have to feel all the time?

    • JonJJon

      Waaahh Waahhhh I'm a Brit and I want my Google Play Music service!!!!! WAAAHHHHHH......All jokes aside I am from England and I am a little tired Google Music hasn't come here yet, but this is quite a new feeling to have seeing Americans getting huffy/upset over this app while I have been using it for an entire day now..........(still want Google Music officially, proxies and what not never worked for me to get it working)

  • http://twitter.com/rohanXm Rohan Mathur

    I still prefer Rockplayer, but to each his own...

  • eclass82

    Sooooo how does MXPlayer get
    away with it? and not VLC? I dont get it. I really like VLC but it maybe a little to late for the mobile.side.

  • skitchbeatz

    Could they not get a Galaxy Nexus? Seems silly to just block a region if the reason isn't legal.