VLC for Android Beta Community Report 📲 POCOPHONE F1

VLC is a free and open-source multimedia player for Android that plays most multimedia files, including AC-3 audio and supports various streaming protocols as well. It has a pretty basic UI and no ads, of course, and works on Android TV devices too. As you guessed from the title, it has an ongoing open beta program on the Google Play Store and there is a new update available for early adopters, which includes the following list with changes/improvements:

Changelog

Android:

  • Media library scan is now optional

  • Launcher shortcuts

  • OTG devices support in the file browser

  • Favorites in the local file browser

  • Refactored subtitles downloader

  • A-B repeat

  • Android Auto is back

  • Sorting preferences are now saved

  • Breadcrumb is browsers (I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THIS MEANS)

  • Improve support for very large media libraries

Android TV:

  • Homescreen channels support

  • Support for media sorting & videos grouping

  • Manual network sharing settings

Some of the more "groundbreaking" additions are the launcher shortcuts for Android 7.1+ (A little too late but...), which give you quick access to your playlists, directories and your last playlist, although, the last one does not function at all in this build at least on my POCOPHONE F1. Moreover, you can set up a list with your favorite folders and access them easily from the Directories page. Additionally, you can now disable the Auto rescan option from VLC's settings, so it does not automatically scan your library for new files whenever you launch the app, because it takes a while. Apart from these, Android Auto, plus channels support for TV devices are very much welcome.

If you would like to, you can instantly join VLCs public beta on Google Play from the links below this article and be one of the first people who get to try out the latest features the developers are working on.

Source: Google Play

  • VLC media player is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player that plays most multimedia files as well as discs, devices, and network streaming protocols
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