VLC for Android updated with background video playback support and refreshed visuals

VLC for Android updated with background video playback support and refreshed visuals
VLC, one of the better multimedia players available for Android devices, just got a pretty neat update. Aside from an interesting new feature, VLC for Android version 1.3.2 also brings multiple visual improvements, as well as some tweaks to the playback engine.

The main feature introduced with version 1.3.2 of VLC for Android is the ability to play videos in the background. This is very useful when you want to be able to hear the audio part of a video without the app taking up the screen real estate. Up until this recent update, VLC for Android would stop video playback when hitting the back or the home button, just like many other video players available for Android. 

It should be mentioned that this feature is not turned on by default. Users can activate background playback by heading over to Settings -> Interface -> Play videos in background.

VLC for Android version 1.3.2 also brings a new interface for the audio player, a new Album View, more animations, a new file browser, as well as an improved search functionality. The update also takes care of a previous problem with hardware acceleration for TS video files, updates codecs, and fixes SD card browsing.

To download VLC for Android version 1.3.2, head to this Google Play link.

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9 Comments

1. hafini_27

Posts: 951; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

Looks the same as Google music. Not a bad thing though.

2. waddup121 unregistered

MX player > VLC Android. Just like how MPC-HC > VLC For Windows.

3. NopeNein

Posts: 147; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

Nno. VLC Is Like WinRAR, Its good because its a habit. and just plain works.

5. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Really not... Vlc has played so far what I have thrown to it.. That's not the case with MX... MX player is slow compared VLC... I was using MX player only for background play... And now VLC got it... I'll return to Vlc.. This is just based on my experience... Can't speak for everyone...

4. AlbertAribe

Posts: 168; Member since: Jun 21, 2014

I used VLC for Android beta.

6. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

I still has that old ugly UI...

7. talon95

Posts: 1000; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Does VLC play H265? MX has an optional codec download to allow it. Something to do with royalties I assume.

8. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

background playback or the "play as audio" feature? the play video as audio feature was already with vlc a year ago\ what's the difference? for me, mx player is way better. it has more features. you can even zoom and move videos around. i haven't encountered it crashing on my dual core phone. i will only be convinced to go back to vlc if they can introduce the contrast and tint adjustment feature. i don't why media players come with these two useful functions. we should be able to adjust the contrast and tint to our liking.

9. Simona unregistered

Just downloaded .. looks really good renewed .. gui is nice.. Like it more than MX..

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