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RockPlayer is a feature rich media player for the Android platform. It is a dual core player with software decoding for a wide range of files format, and a system decoding core which makes most of the hardware for some formats.

RockPlayer Universal runs on all known Android devices. There are also variants available that are optimised for the Tegra2 platform, ARMv7+ Neon, ARMv6 + VFP, and ARMv6 processors.

RockPlayer in action


  • Plays a wide variety of video and audio codecs/formats including MPEG-1, MPEG-2, RealVideo, Vorbis, AVC, VC1, XVID, DIVX, SVQ, AAC, AC3, DTS, FLV4, LPCM, ALAW, ULAW, and MPEG Audio
  • Dual mode playback
    • Hardware mode which offers improved battery performance
    • Normal mode using FFmpeg, a cross-platform solution to record, convert and stream audio and video
  • Control aspect ratio
    • Stretch to screen size
    • Keep ratio
    • Original size
  • Resume playing
  • Streaming
  • Subtitle support (.srt)
  • Battery prompt
  • Supports m3u playlists
  • Media information box
  • Haptic feedback

RockPlayer supports a much wider range of video files than the stock Android player. However, its compatibility lags behind both DicePlayer and MX Video Player Pro, with the former offering much better support for files with higher resolution / higher bitrate, and the latter offering significantly better support for flawless non-HD playback.

Disappointingly, RockPlayer was unable to play some videos encoded in mpeg2video. Further, the app had problems starting some videos over a Local Area Network, sometimes requiring the back button to be used to initiate playback.

RockPlayer does not mask the task bar when watching videos on a tablet running Honeycomb. Whilst Rockplayer handles some of the common aspect ratios, it does not handle the super-widescreen aspect ratios, meaning that it is not possible to eliminate horizontal black bars depending on how the video file has been encoded.

Web site:
RockPlayer Team


There is a lot to like about RockPlayer. It offers a long list of supported file formats and video/audio codecs, but is hard to recommend when compared to DicePlayer and MX Video Player Pro. Had RockPlayer been priced more competitively, we would have scored it one point higher.


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