While the open source VLC media player has been pulled from Apple’s iTunes App Store, a new mobile version is in the works for Google Android. Thanks to Google’s open source roots, the Android version should be safe from the sort of legal/licensing issues that brought down the iPhone version.

If you’ve been impatiently waiting for the popular video player to show up in the Android Market, I’ve got good news and bad news. The good news is that the project is still in the works and one of the developers has posted a detailed progress report. The bad news is that “the project still requires a lot of work before any release.”

The developers are working with Google Nexus One, Nexus S, and HTC Desire phones, but the beta will be open to Android users with all sorts of devices for testing purposes. Right now the best performance is available on devices running Android 2.3, but the goal is to support all versions of Android. The developers also plan to spruce up the UI. The early builds of VLC can play video, but the user interface is rough around the edges, to say the least.

A number of VLC libraries are also still being ported to Android. So it sounds like it will be a while before the app is ready to launch, even in beta. But it’s good to know that it’s still a work in progress.

via Android Central

Brad Linder

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