The Suggestions on How to Download, Setup and Make Use of the VLC Media Player for Android Smartphones (Pre-Alpha Version)
After several desktop computer applications have been made available for the Android-powered smartphones, now there is actually another formerly known PC multimedia app namely the VLC Media Player for Android smartphone users. This is actually an open source application but it has been considered as one of the powerful multimedia players. Basically, this application is capable of playing multiple video formats and several audio formats as well. In this article, you will find some suggestions about how to download, install and utilize the VLC Media Player for Android handsets easily and properly.
Since the VLC Media Player for Android is a pre-alpha version, it will not be available yet on Android Market. But if you want to have an experiment to this application, simply browse its .apk file on the web and then you will find that there will be many sources provide the download link of this application. But keep in mind that you will download and install it at your own risk.
The developer made this app in two versions which include the NEON and the NONEON version. Just for the record, NEON and NONEON are generally the types of Android’s processor. So, before you want to install this app, you may need to check out first the type of your Android phone processor. Alternatively, you can also try to install each version to the device and later you will find out which one will be suitable for your smartphone.
Once you have downloaded the VLC Media Player for Android device, go to the “Setting” and then “Applications” menu on your device to activate the “Unknown Source”. You can skip this step if you have already checked the “Unknown Source” or it has been previously activated. This is a very necessary thing to do in order to be able to install the .apk file on your device. Later on, look for the installation file that you have previously downloaded and then install it.
Right after you have finished installing the VLC Media Player for Android, look for it at the Home screen and then open it up. The application still comes with the orange and black colors which dominate the overall user interface. If you ever use this application on your desktop PC, don’t expect too much to this mobile version since it will only provide the very basic functions which include repeat, shuffle, and also the file categorization based on artists, genres, album and so forth. You will not find any album art while you play any of your favorite song.
As being the pre-alpha version, the VLC Media Player for Android will not be given any support from the developer. Also, it may not be able to work properly on certain Android handsets and few bugs and force-closes may occur. But the developer also stated that though this is the pre-alpha version, it will be capable of providing the great multimedia playback on your smartphone. Moreover, it is a free, somewhat fast, and quite stable multimedia application for you to work with.