VLC player, the outcome of the iconic academic project started in 1996, has gotten its trendiest update. The latest release version of the VLC player, famous for its cone icon, will see it being available for download and use on all mobile based platforms including iOS, Android and Windows OS.
Earlier to this, VLC had a beta version for the Android platform. Also, it had been available earlier on the iOS platform, but due to licensing conflicts between the ‘play-it-all’ video player and iTunes, it had been pulled off the Apple store. In regards to the Windows Phone, the VLC app will be released as an open beta version for the first time. The earlier VLC release was made available only to a select number of users and was not available for general public download.
The latest version, also released for the Android platform has been designed to additionally support Android T.V. This latest update from VLC has also been designed to automatically detect vertically recorded videos and change their alignment accordingly for heightened viewing experience. The desktop release, called ‘Weatherwax’ has this functionality. It also comes with improved support for Ultra HD Codecs. This time around, a lot many more number of video codecs have been made compatible with the VLC.
The other features that have been made a part of this release are:
- An extra extension that allows for detection of external subtitles as well as downloading it from the internet
- Support for streaming content directly from Google Drive
- Media search and other usual UI, stability and bug-fix improvements.
VLC’s current president and lead developer, Jean-Baptiste Kempf stated that this version release took almost a year to develop. He also did not miss stating the difficulties faced in transporting desktop software over to a mobile environment. VLC’s president, who is of French origin, also announced that a version 3.0.0 of the VLC is already in the works and many more new features have been planned for its release.
VLC stands for VideoLAN Client and it was initially started off as a Video LAN Project by Ecole Centrale Paris’ students and was intended to consist of a server to stream videos across a campus based LAN network. Although, it was started as a student project, currently it receives contributions from all around the world, which makes it an open source software available for free download and use.
VLC Releases its app for following platforms:
- VLC media player 2.2.0
- VLC for iOS 2.4.1
- VLC for Android 1.1.0
- VLC for Android TV 1.1.0
- VLC for WinRT 1.1.0
- VLC for Windows RT 1.1.0 Beta
- VLC for Windows Phone 1.1.0 Beta