VLC Hits three Billion Downloads, Will Quickly Add AirPlay Help For Android

VLC Hits three Billion Downloads, Will Quickly Add AirPlay Help For Android

VLC Hits three Billion Downloads, Will Quickly Add AirPlay Help For Android

VLC, which is managed by nonprofit parent VideonLAN, racked up its three billionth download at CES, where it celebrated with the live ticker pictured above.

In addition to all the new functionality updates, the next major version of VLC is promising to bring playback improvements in scaling and video quality of HDR video files. Still, one interesting feature that will make it to VLC very soon is AirPlay support.

Jean-Baptiste Kempf, one of the app's lead developers, told Variety that roughly a quarter of downloads are now happening on mobile devices. It's not clear why this is, but ongoing speculation heavily implies that it's part of Apple preparations for the imminent launch of its own video streaming service.

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Kempf also shared some of the roadmap for VLC with Variety, which includes implementing Airplay.

Some of the other features now in the works include a VR mode that would convert 2D content for VR headsets, along with an enhanced media library.

To make it possible, headset manufacturers using SDK would have needed to add a massive amount of code with hundreds of megabytes to make the headset compatible with the main VLC app. The solution demoed at CES adds just one megabyte of additional code according to Kempf.

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VLC Media Player is available as a free download.

Since VLC is used as support to stream from other apps and vice-versa, the team wants to build a comprehensive media library so it will be easier to switch from iTunes. Obviously, the company doesn't plan to compete with Plex and Kodi but make the user experience smoother instead.

Additionally, VLC is on the verge of surpassing three billion user downloads.

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