VLC for Android updated with picture-in-picture, local network streaming

By Karan Raj Baruah | Updated 22 Jun 2016
VLC for Android updated with picture-in-picture, local network streaming
  • VLC also added the ability to download subtitles directly along with re-written permissions and better decoding

VLC for Android has received a major update and is now finally moving to version 2.0. As One of the most popular applications among desktop users, now supports Picture-in-picture videos, video playback through local network shares in its Android app.

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Here are some of the important things mentioned in its official Changelog:

  • Added support for network disk browsing (Windows shares, UPnP, NFS, FTP, SFTP)
  • Favorite folders & videos and video playlists.
  • Popup video.
  • New permissions support
  • Subtitles download.
  • Rewritten notifications and control, and a rewritten history tab.
  • The Android TV and Android versions were merged, so that every device can optionally get the updated Android TV interface.
  • Finally, it should be faster to decode and playback all video types.

While most of these changes are self explanatory, features like being able to download subtitle directly from OpenSubtitle while watching a clip have been requested by users for a long time. Android TV being merged into the app also increases a users convenience as they don’t have to install separate apps if they’re using VLC on their television. The number of permissions needed by VLC to function has also been reduced and access to media will be the only permission the app will now require.

Karan Raj Baruah
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