October 15, 2010 | by Lars Aronsson
A few Android devices feature native DivX support, such as the Samsung Galaxy S, but for the most part, fans of Google’s OS have been forced to convert videos into a supported format before watching films on their handsets. But for some time now, we’ve been able to enjoy apps such as RockPlayer and arcMedia that lets us play DivX, .avi and .mov videos. There’s a new player in the Market that gives these two applications a bit of competition: VPlayer. What all these video apps have in common, is the use of libraries from the FFmpeg project to decode files.
VPlayer is still in alpha, it’s free, ad-free, and it has currently only been downloaded 100-500 times. The comments it’s received in the Market are very positive so far, and the app has been able to play everything I’ve thrown at it. VPlayer is easy-to-use and video playback is smooth. The application is still quite simple and it hardly has any options, but it will likely get more features later on, considering it’s still in alpha.
A downside with these video decoders is that they take up a lot of space on your internal storage. That’s unfortunately also the case with VPlayer: it demands 4.2MB even when installed to the SD, but I guess it’s worth a handful of MB to be able to play the formats below, right?
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