Open source OS and open source media player. Good match, no? One would think so, especially since VLC has long been a favorite of not just of Windows and Mac users, but also of Linux users, being one of the best media players of all three environments. But more than one year ago, the VLC team took a very strange decision, one that they paid dearly for – they decided to make the iOS version first.

Why did they pay dearly for it? Because, evidently, Apple rejected it from the app store, on the grounds that its open source license is incompatible with their app store’s policies. So they took all this time to develop the app, in a pretty foreign language for most developers, Objective C, and it appears it was all for naught.

Since then, there have been a lot of good media players on Android, with everyone’s favorite being the MX Player. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for VLC anymore. It’s just that now they have to work a lot harder to beat everyone else, if they want to be the people’s new favorite.

VLC has never been a “pretty” media player by default, unless you installed some skin for it, so it remains to be seen how it will look. My guess is it will share a similar look as the one it has in version 2.0 for desktop. Personally, I would prefer if they went with some Holo style design, and I’m sure many others would like it, too.

When will this VLC app for Android launch? They haven’t said yet, but it may be coming very soon.


  • AndroidBrian

    About time! If anyone is looking for substitue for VLC media player in the mean time Vplayer is availabke now and plays everything and has a great UI.

  • great news, but no release date

  • Hikari0307

    VLC will have to be better than Dice Player if I’m gonna use it.

  • Kyt

    Thanks to the lack of VLC for android I spent months mucking around with other players finding one that made me happy, now I’m happy as can be with MoboPlayer to the point I wonder if VLC could actually be better.

  • macduck

    Just in case… it was not Apple who started that license dispute, but one of VLC developers, Rémi Denis-Courmont who filed a copyright complaint with Apple over the VLC. So Apple has decided to go easy (for Apple) way – simply removing app from appStore. Denis-Courmont wrote: “Blatant license violation cannot be tolerated at any rate. Concerned users are advised to look for application on more open mobile platforms for the time being.”