VLC Hits 3 Billion Downloads, Will Soon Add AirPlay Support For Android


With meaningful updates and support for modern platforms, the application is well on its way to smashing the four billion download milestone. It's available on all major platforms, including Windows, macOS, iOS, Android, and even Linux. Still, one interesting feature that will make it to VLC very soon is AirPlay support. The Videolan team, which is behind the creation of the video player app, is present at CES and the team members announced that VLC Media Player is about to reach 3 billion downloads today (Friday). [Jean-Baptiste Kempf, the president and lead developer of VLC's parent company VideoLan] then plans to update the VR app, which will enable native support for VR videos. This will make it possible for Android users to beam videos from their mobile devices to Apple TVs. As their interview continued they discussed VLC's roadmap which actually includes support for Apple's Airplay. Specifically, they demonstrated the ability to watch 2D movies in a virtual theater while wearing the HTC Vive at its CES booth this week.

VLC is one of the world's most popular video players, largely thanks to the fact that it's open sourced and can support pretty much any video or audio format that you throw at it. Had the team relied on the SDKs of headset makers, the implementation would have added hundreds of megabytes of code to the app. On the other hand, the team's implementation is based on just roughly a single megabyte of additional code.

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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.

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