Few freeware programs can match the legend of VLC, which is considered by many of its users to be the best media player ever released. Some fans have been begging for a mobile version for years. Those prayers are now (unofficially) answered.
An Android developer going by the name of “aridu59” just released an unofficial beta build of VLC for Android. The app is a simple port that retains the excellent media format support that made the media player famous. It also includes a few extras like hardware acceleration and headset detection. Nothing fancy, but such features can’t be taken for granted in an unofficial beta release.
Currently the app has verified support for Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich. The beta should work with all of the most common hardware including OMAP4, Tegra 2/3, Hummingbird and various incarnations of Snapdragon. The key word here is “should.” Posters on the XDA Developer forums have reported mixed results. This is still very much a beta.
Since this is an unofficial app, it’s not available on the Android Market. You’ll instead have to visit the developer’s forum post and download the appropriate version. You’ll also need to enable the “install from unknown sources” feature on your Android phone. This can be done by going to Menu->Settings->Applications and marking the appropriate checkbox.