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VLC Media Player Ported to Android

Android users rejoice! Android developer and modder CVPCS has managed to compile the much loved VLC Media Player for Android.

VLC Media Player is a desktop media player for Windows, Mac and open source platform which is particular known for playing virtual any kind of video files.

Before this, VLC was only available for iPhone users but now, CVPCS has released a pre-alpha version for VLC Media Player for Android.

The player was supposed to launch in early 2011 but due to some technical difficulties, the app got delayed.

The VLC player is built in such a way that it will not be able to run on every Android device. Because of this technical snag, CVPCS has release two versions of VLC for Android: NEON and NONEON.

“There are two builds available of VLC for Android, known as NEON and NONEON. The difference is in the processor type. Because VLC for Android makes use of the NDK (Native Development Kit), it is compiling native-level binaries that will only work on the processor class for which they were designed. This means that the same build will not work across all devices,” CVPCS explained in a blog post (opens in new tab).

Users can check which version of VLC for Android they would need to download by viewing the contents of in /proc/cpuinfo, which can be looked at using a file manager.

Ravi Mandalla was ITProPortal's Sub Editor (and a contributing writer) for two years from 2011. Based in Ahmedabad, India, Ravi is now the owner and founder of Parity Media Pvt. Ltd., a news and media company, which specializes in online publishing, technology news and analysis, reviews, web site traffic growth, web site UI. Ravi lists his specialist subjects as: Enterprise, IT, Technology, Gadgets, Business, High Net Worth Individuals, Online Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, News, Reviews, Audio, Video, and Multi-Media. He has also previously worked as Dy. Manager - IT Security at (n)Code Solutions.