It is safe to say that VLC is one of the most popular video player out there, and one of the reasons is because it is completely free to download across multiple platforms. For the Android version of the app, it recently got a major update and it now brings support for Google’s Android N mobile operating system, which is now, at the time of writing, is available to only as a preview in select devices. The patch also brings fixes to some previous issues that the application had for Android N’s runtime permissions.
VLC Update for Android Brings Support for Android N
In addition to the support for Android N, VLC introduces some more features into the mix. For one, there’s now a pop-up video player that comes with a customizable window which will complement the mobile operating system’s desktop mode. Furthermore, users are now able to access, browse, and play content that come from local networks. So what does this mean? This means that network shared files coming from UPnP, SFTP, DLNA, FTP, and NFS will now be able to be played directly into the app without having to go through the trouble of extracting the files first. Also, the app can now find subtitles for files, and it will even let users decide on which layout they want these to be displayed on their device’s screen.
In addition, the VLC app can now let users create playlists of videos by going to the advanced options menu. This particular video player is a portable, cross-platform application that can be downloaded for both desktop operating systems and for mobile. For mobile platforms, it can be downloaded, installed, and used for Windows 10 Mobile, Windows Phone, iPad, iPhone, the iPod Touch, and of course, Android mobile systems. It is also compatible with a lot of audio and video compression methods and file formats. These include video CD, DVD-Video, and protocols in streaming. Speaking of streaming, users are able to stream media over computer networks, as well as transcode multimedia files.
At the time of writing, the update for VLC garners very little audience because the preview model for Android N is only available for a handful of devices, and these are Google’s Nexus 6P, 6, and 5X smartphones, along with the Nexus 9. This new Android operating system now has virtual reality integration, interactive notifications, an upgraded Google stock keyboard, and even a split-screen mode just to name a few of its new features.
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