VLC for Android gets progress update

The VideoLAN team is hard at work on the Android version of VLC media player, and yesterday one of the developers working on bringing this leading video player to Android gave a quick update on the current state of development.

While a public release is still quite a way off, the team currently has a basic prototype of VLC running in the Android emulator, as well as the Nexus S, Nexus One and HTC Desire. Several features remain to be completed, such as the GUI and support for screen orientation changes. Various codecs and libraries must also be ported across to Android in the coming months.

"VLC media player on Android is working quite well. Anyway we are not ready to release a version until some months because we want something stable and nice to use. Be patient, we are working on it, even if this job is only done on our free time."

We look forward to seeing what the VLC team can conjure up as development continues.[Ivoire Blog]

Alex Dobie
Executive Editor

Alex was with Android Central for over a decade, producing written and video content for the site, and served as global Executive Editor from 2016 to 2022.

  • What can this do that rock player can't???
  • Probably better subtitle and codec support, smoother playback with mkv and high bitrate x264 files.
  • I'm not 100% positive, but I would bet better video support and playback. I know Rockplayer plays most video types, but there are still a few that it doesn't and even a few it doesn't play all that well. I personally don't use Rockplayer anymore as they added so many things that annoyed me while watching video that I just didn't want to put up with. There are others that play video just as well without all the nagging to buy it. VLC will also more than likely be completely free, which is great.
  • I think it was Jerry that said it best : It will play anything, including a ham sandwich.
  • On top of playing anything, it will do it while being free.
  • I use VLC all the time on my iPhone. Glad to hear it's coming to Android too since my next phone will probably be Android. Now, if only Netflix would hurry up.
  • My Galaxy tab stock player is really nice. I don't think I will change it.
  • The stock player does not play DVD markup - it ignores the markup files that tell where episodes and scenes begin and end. The .vob files get converted to mp4 when you sync, but when there are 3 episodes on a TV series DVD, there is no way to play just the second or the third with the stock player. VLC gets this right, at least the PC versions...