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

VLC Air Play Support

The team behind VLC is excited about surpassing the 3 billion downloads milestone since its first release back in 2001.

In addition to all the new functionality updates, the next major version of VLC is promising to bring playback improvements in scaling and video quality of HDR video files. The team behind the app reverse-engineered "most VR headsets" to natively support VR video through the main VLC app. The popular media player also passed 3 billion downloads during the course of CES 2019.

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. This means Android users will be able to send video content from their devices to an Apple TV. This should perhaps comes as no surprise. As their interview continued they discussed VLC's roadmap which actually includes support for Apple's Airplay.

The new feature will be available in the forthcoming VLC 4.0, according to a Techcrunch report, making it one of the biggest new features since the addition of support for Google's Chromecast devices a year ago.

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Another feature demonstrated at CES was enhanced support for VR, which makes it possible to watch traditional 2D movies in a virtual theater environment within headsets like the HTC Vive. According to Variety, it is expected that VLC will surpass its downloads goal at some point in the day on Friday.

Since VLC is used as support to stream from other apps and vice-versa, the team wants to build a comprehensive media library so it will be easier to switch from iTunes.

With mobile accounting for a quarter of its user ecosystem, it makes sense for VideoLan to add more applications and functionality to that aspect of the experience.

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