An Android version of the VLC application is likely to hit Marketplace soon. It is believed that the open source media player, which will ape the iOS version released in 2010, will be available in early January.

Lead VLC developer Jean-Baptiste Kempf told that it will be “a matter of weeks” until its release, and that the app has been in development for several months.

However, there is currently no guarantee that it will work on all Android devices. Kempf has cautioned that the fragmentation of handsets running the Android operating system could still throw a spanner in the works, and delay any widespread release.

Those with knowledge of such things can follow the application's progress on the developers' git site (no, really) at, while the rest can start hoarding different video file types in preparation of having a truly universal player on their phones.

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