Want VLC The Ultimate Media Player For Your Android Device? I do.


If you don't know, VLC is a high quality media player. An Android version of VLC could be released as early as April, according to VLC developer R©mi Duraffort, who told German website Handy-Sparen.de that "most of the components are working but we must work to make them fit together." Duraffort told the site last week that he expects a working demo or beta version to be available "in one or two months."

The Android implementation of the popular open source video player has been in the work for months, and lead VLC developer Jean-Baptiste Kempf had said in December that a release could be expected "in a matter of weeks." VLC for Android was initially expected in January, but lead VLC developer Jean-Baptiste Kempf said earlier this year that it has been "a challenge" to move VLC's core C++ code into Java, which is used on Android.

Duraffort's Statement

"Having to create an application in Java that will load a C library in order to run VLC code is part of the issues we have. Moreover, most API (application programming interface) to manage graphics (OpenGL) or audio can only be accessed from Java which means that we decode audio and video in C but then give the images and audio samples to Java to be able to render them."

VLC For Android Will Feature A Stunning Mobile Media Experience

If you've ever used VLC on Windows, then you know first hand how nice the quality is, and to put that on an Android phone would make for a nice picture. If you have a Android phone with the Super AMOLED (Active-matrix organic light-emitting diode) screen, then you're probably looking forward to this more than anyone, and you have a right to be. You can do quite a lot with this amazing program, one of the many things you can do on VLC is you can convert audio and video formats into almost any format you have ever  heard of, this comes in handy when you have a song or video that's just not quite in the right format for what you want it on, like a mp3 player for instance.

Google Android's NDK (Native Development Kit) has made it easier to run native C code with the release of Android 2.3, which should improve things, according to Duraffort. However, don't expect VLC developers to take the easy way out and just cater to a smaller subset of device owners with the most recent version of the mobile OS. "VLC for Android will work for every Android version since 1.5 (Cupcake)," he said. Having the VLC app for Cupcake and higher is a good move on their end, because there are still quite a few people who don't want to part with their old OS's. So if you're one of the few who still have some of the first Android devices, then you won't be disappointed.

VLC For Android Tablets Coming Soon

If you happen to be wondering if you can use it for a tablet, then you're in luck. Android VLC player application will also be compatible with Androids exclusive tablet-only operating system Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) like the Galaxy Tab series or the Motorola XOOM. Although the tablet version won't be available right away when the VLC hits the market, the VLC team will work on a version optimized for tablets as soon as the regular Android app is released, since it doesn't sound like they've even started on it, you might have to wait on that one.

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