VLC for Mobile Review

Posted by on June 17, 2018

There are lots of available video formats littering the Internet and your smartphone, so looking for a decent media player may be hard, and there is one more issue – the vast majority of built-in multimedia players can’t playback all the audio and video file formats. Fortunately, you may choose one of the third-party apps and easily install it from Google Play Store. Let’s examine a player belonging to the top ones – VLC. Luckily, the VLC multimedia player exists. VLC is free to install and use, open source cross-platform media player. Using it, you will be able to play discs, devices, and network streaming protocols. VLC supports most multimedia files.
Publisher: Videolabs Last update: 1 year ago Size: 72.9 MB Compatibility: Android 2.2 and up, iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Price: free Get it on: Google Play, iTunes

What VLC for Mobile Is 

Don’t be surprised, if won’t find anything to watch or listen to after you first launch the app, because it’s a player, not a browser. That’s why you have to connect to other services with various videos. It may be a streaming server, own videos on your PC, or a UPnP media server. VLC supports such formats as MKV, MP4, AVI, MOV, FLAC, M2TS, AAC, and much more. Every codec is included without separate installs. The app also supports subtitles, Teletext, and closed captions. There is a media library for audio and video files, and folders which you can browse directly. You’ll find a handy widget for audio control, supporting audio headsets control, cover, art, and an extensive audio media library. With VLC, you can use the auto-rotation, aspect-ratio settings and gestures to manage volume and brightness. The score of the features is 9/10.

Interface

The redesign looks awesome and keeps most of the controls in one easy-to-use menu with lots of options for uploading content. If you want to change the picture quality, tap the button in the lower right to see some sliders, allowing you to set the brightness, contrast, saturation, and so on. All these settings are available while a video is playing. The score of the interface is 9/10.

Performance and Usability 

With VLC you’ll play any video and audio file, network streams, network shares, drives, and DVD ISOs. It is a full audio player with a big database, an equalizer, and filters. VLC will play even the weirdest audio formats. There’s a great equalizer, various filters, and handy features. It will be easy to browse the folders directly even if it’s a new app for you. It also supports multi-track audio, subtitles, and auto-rotation. You will be able to customize volume and brightness within the app. VLC recognizes and sorts all the media files on your device. The app will organize your library by the metadata descriptions within the files. It’s a quick way to cope with all your media from one spot. The app is easy-to-use, powerful, and supports different audio and video formats, even the rare ones. That allows you to watch the videos in a smooth and fast way. The score is 9 out of 10.

Cross-platform use 

This app is compatible with Android devices 2.2 and higher. You can also get it on iOS 7.0 or later. VLC is available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The score is 9 out of 10.

Verdict

VLC for Mobile is the best bet for playing videos and audios of different formats. The clutter-free design focuses solely on the functioning aspect. The gesture-based controls, integration with cloud and streaming services, and WiFi-based uploading process are favorable features.

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