VLC for Android 2.0 Released with Network Shares, Multi-windows, Better Codec Support, and More

VLC / VideoLAN is a popular desktop video player for Linux and Windows, and it’s the program I go to when I want to watch a local video on my computer. VLC also has an Android version, but last time I checked VLC in an Android TV box, I was disappointed due to the lack of SAMBA support, and video decoding support was pretty poor on Rockchip RK3368 processor at the time.

VLC_Android_SAMBA_SupportThe good news is that the developers have now released VLC for Android 2.0, which brings several improvements including:

  • Support for network browsing including DLNA/UPnP, Windows Shares (SAMBA), FTP(S), SFTP, and NFS
  • Multi-windows/pop-up video with support for Samsung MultiWindow and LG Dual Window extensions
  • New asynchronous hardware decoder, and codecs and formats support updates.
  • Subtitle downloads via OpenSubtitles from VLC interface without having to go to the website inside a web browser
  • Right-To-Left and Complex Text Layout subtitles
  • Video playlists support
  • History has been added back (but can be disabled)
  • Less permissions required, and support for Android N

VLC_Android_Multi-windowAlthough it’s likely to work better in Android smartphone and tablets with Samsung, Qualcomm or Mediatek processors, it might be worth giving it a try in Android TV boxes too. You can do so by installing VLC for Android from Google Play.

Via Liliputing

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