VLC Media Player is currently one of the most popular and versatile media players on many platforms, and now that includes Android 4.2 or less (your results may vary with Android 4.3, although VLC v1.3 seems to be working acceptably now). Just be aware these releases are in BETA, and can be obtained via the Google Play Store. That is, with one caveat – you can’t get it in North America (Canada, United States, Mexico, etc).
However, if you are willing to risk a potentially less stable build, and are handy enough to understand how to change a security setting temporarily, you can manually download one of VideoLan’s “Nightly Build” copies of VLC Media Player for Android.
To do this, you must perform the following steps:
1) First you must go to your Android device’s SETTINGS>SECURITY(‘Personal’ group)>UNKNOWN SOURCES option and turn it on.
2) Open your Android device’s browser, and browse to http://nightlies.videolan.org/build/armv7-android/ NOTE: the Google Nexus 7 has an ARM7 instruction set NVidia Tegra 3 processor – other devices may require the ARM6 package!
3) Select one of the build entries – generally the most recent one will be at the bottom of the list, for example today’s most recent is named VLC-debug-20130726-1426.apk. It will download the file, but not install it. Select your downloaded file from the status panel when it completes.
4) If prompted for the application to use against the file, select the Google Package Installer, click the JUST ONCE button, and let it install.
5) If prompted, decide if you want to let Google ‘periodically check your files’ for suspicious activity or something like that.
6) Lastly, you must go back to your Android device’s SETTINGS>SECURITY(‘Personal’ group)>UNKNOWN SOURCES option and turn it back off.
Once installed, you can find the VLC player icon in the main icons screen, but it did not load onto the home screen for me. Also, when playing video files from the file explorer or from launcher applications, it may now prompt you to select between the Android Video Player or VLC – I suggest using the JUST ONCE option for VLC until it comes out of Beta testing.
Also – another fun App to install is the DLNA on Android application MediaHouse UPnP / DLNA Browser found here:
This will allow you to stream content from any device on your home network that is set up to share. Works beautifully! And with VLC on your Android, it should play virtually everything now!