Work is still underway on an Android version of VLC Media Player, the open source, cross-platform media player that plays just about any kind of file you throw at it, and a beta is expected within a month or two.
This new time frame is pushed back quite a bit from what we’d heard in December, when it was said to be coming in a matter of weeks. In an interview with a German site on March 19, VideoLAN board member Rémi Duraffort provided some detail about why it has taken longer than expected:
“Unfortunately, VLC uses some features from the libc that Bionic does not implement. For this reason we had to add workarounds to be able to compile and run VLC Media Player. It requires time as some of these workarounds are a bit complex.”
That’s not a reference to the Droid Bionic, but to Bionic, Google’s custom C compiler library for Android.
The app is expected to run on Android 1.5+, but will make special use of new audio and video APIs for devices running Gingerbread or higher.