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

CREDIT Janko Roettgers  Variety

CREDIT Janko Roettgers Variety

Kempf said that Airplay could make it to the main VLC app in about a month.

VLC, one of the most popular open-source video players out there, has breached the 3 billion downloads milestone at the ongoing CES 2019 trade fair, around a quarter of which have been registered from the mobile platform. The VLC team will also expand VR support in the future.

VLC video player has a regular, slightly dull-looking graphical interface, which may make users wonder if it will be sufficient for the requirements of watching movies, listening to music, or streaming videos from other outlets.

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It's part of the reason why the media player developed by VideoLAN has proved so popular, and recently passed a rather significant milestone.

At the same time, In a report that quotes organization president Jean-Baptiste Kempf, VideoLan is working to introduce support for Apple Airplay for VLC, which will allow users to transfer their videos from their phone to Apple TV. The roadmap revealed that VLC Media Player is about to provide support for Airplay on mobile devices. Instead, they went their own route so that users would be able to watch traditional 2D movies in a virtual theater environment using their application. However, the demonstration at CES 2019 shows that through reverse-engineering, only one megabyte of code is required to implement the feature properly, Kempf said. Depending exclusively on the software development kits of headset manufacturers would have added hundreds of megabytes of code to VLC. What you probably didn't know, is that VLC reached has been downloaded more than 3 billion times on the official website.

As well as its AirPlay announcement, VLC hit 3 billion downloads at CES (via The Next Web).

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