As far as the desktop is concerned, the VLC has remained one of the top media players on this platform. its existence on the mobile phones however has never really been smooth. Apple received the VLC player a few years back with a lot of expectations from the customers but it was soon taken off due to Apple's licensing requirements. Later on it did return back to the iOS and the attention now moved to Android which stayed quite behidn in VLC’s development. The good news is that now after two years of struggle, the VLC is finally available on the Play Store for US Android users. Many beta apps are geographically restricted for testing purposes, but a two year geo-restricted beta is pretty unusual.
US was the last country to get access to the beta and it is now also available on for download on the VideoLAN website. But you will have the benefit of automatic updates if you download it from the Play Store. some of us might still be debating why it was so important for the VLC to get on the Android phones when unlike the iOS, the Android phones come with video players already. The reason is that you will not have any issue when playing the regular H.264-encoded video file but you might have some trouble on other things. Even devices that have codecs to decode other files might not be very good at it, but VLC has an efficient software decoder that can play almost anything.