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Get ready for a VLC app for your Android mobile phone. The team behind the open source media player project has been busy hacking away on an Android port, and it recently had a breakthrough that allowed to overcome one major obstacle and actually play video.

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This is VLC for iOS, but an Android app is coming soon.

The team behind the popular open-source video player VLC is busy working on an Android app, which could be released in early 2011. Lead VLC developer Jean-Baptiste Kempf told me on Thursday that it will be “a matter of weeks” until the release of the first VLC app for Android-based mobile devices.

VLC has been hugely popular amongst Windows, Mac and Linux users as a minimalist solution that’s capable of playing almost every thinkable file format. The open-source project took its first baby steps into the mobile space with the release of an iOS version for Apple’s iPad in September.

The VLC team has been working on an Android version for months now, but progress was initially hamstrung by the fact that Android’s multimedia output libraries are in Java . However, Google released an updated version of its Android NDK earlier this month, which makes it easier to use native code for Android apps. Kempf told me the team has since developed two basic modules for audio and video output based on the new NDK. “They need work, but we are approaching,” he said.

Most VLC libraries have already been ported to Android. Still, Kempf cautioned that issues with specific devices could delay the release. Android’s device fragmentation has been a long-running issue for developers, especially in the multimedia space, and it’s one of the reasons that there still isn’t a Netflix app available for Android devices.

The progress of VLC’s Android app can be tracked on the project’s Git page.

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  1. Janko, could you do a follow-up when the app is released please? Thanks, this is kind of a big deal.

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  2. Support ARM6vfp? Or only NEON?

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  3. Incorrect. Netflix is not coming because of lack of drm support.

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  4. Wow!, awesome new! Great.

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  5. It will be while until they release it. Nevertheless cannot wait to come out.

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  6. [...] in the work for months, and lead VLC developer Jean-Baptiste Kempf had told us in December that a release could be expected “in a matter of weeks.” Asked why the project is taking longer than expected, Duraffort now told Handy Sparen that it’s [...]

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