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RockPlayer is kind of the holy grail of video players for Google Android. It’s an app that can handle virtually any video format you can throw at it — provided the video isn’t wrapped up in DRM copy protection. I took RockPlayer for a test drive while it was still in beta testing, but now the developer has released a full version of the app.
Best of all, it’s available as a free download for Android 1.6 and up. The free version is ad-supported, but you can get rid of the ads by clicking the “activate” button and ponying up $9.99 for a registration key.
The app comes in three versions, with support for ARM V6, V7, or an ARM V6 CPU with VFP instruction set. You’ll probably have best results with a newer device fast processor.
Controls are pretty simple. When you launch the app you’re presented with a file browser to select the media you want to play. Once it’s playing, just tap the screen to bring up a menu that lets you pause, fast forward, rewind, or resize the video.You can also click an information buton to get details about the audio and video formats.
Some users have reported that audio and video goes out of sync when playing some videos on some handsets, so I recommend taking the free version for a spin before registering for a full license. But for now, RockPlayer is without a doubt the best video player available for Google Android devices — with the possible exception of the Archos 5 Internet Tablet and Archos 7 Home Tablet, which both come with Archos media playback software.