VPlayer is one of the best video players available for Google Android. It’s been available as a free download while in beta, but recently the developer pushed out the full version of VPlayer and it comes at a (small) price. There’s still a free trial available, but after it expires you’ll need to purchase an unlock key for $2.96.

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What makes VPlayer impressive is its support for a ton video codecs that aren’t available using the standard Google video player on most Android devices.

That includes support for DiVX, Xvid, WMV, MKV, M4V, FLV, RMVB, AVI, MoV, 3gp, TS, TP, and MP4 files as well as HTTP, RTSP, MMS, and m3u streaming media formats.

Performance will vary from device to device, since VPlayer uses software-based decoders. In other words, there’s no hardware acceleration, so if you have a device with a fast enough processor to decode 720p HD MKV files, that’s great — but if you have an older phone, it’s probably not going to be able to do that.

Brad Linder

Brad Linder is editor of Liliputing and Mobiputing. He's been tinkering with mobile tech for decades and writing about it since...