VLC gets new version across all platforms, including Android TV

The popular open source video player app VLC got updated across all of its platforms Friday, including iOS, Android, Windows phone and RT as well as all desktop versions. VLC also for the first time released a beta version for Android TV, which could help make personal media playback on that new platform more effortless.

It’s the first time VLC has released new versions across all of its platforms, and updates include better support for newer video codecs like H.265 and VP9 as well as updated interfaces for Android and iOS.

One feature will especially help mobile users: VLC now automatically detects videos that have been recorded with an upright phone — you know, those clips that tend to get played back sideways — and rotates them using hardware acceleration.

I previewed VLC for Android TV a couple of weeks ago. Have a look:

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VLC gets updated with 4K support, new mobile versions

The popular open source video player app VLC got a significant update Wednesday: VLC 2.1 features support for 4K video, completely revamped audio playback and video hardware decoding, which should make video playback especially on mobile devices a lot smoother. Speaking of which: The new version also comes with new apps for OS X and Android, as well as a partial Windows 8 and WinRT port for all those folks out there who don’t know what else to do with their Surface RT.

VideoLAN to go after copycat VLC for Android apps

Users that search for VLC on the Android Market get to see a whole bunch of apps that kind of look like the popular open-source video player, despite the fact that VLC for Android hasn’t been released yet. The foundation behind VLC wants to change that.

VLC for Mac Resting on Shaky Ground

The very capable, and conversion-headache-preventing (HUH?), open-source VLC player is one of the very first things I install on any new Mac, after Firefox. If you’re playing anything that isn’t a straightforward .AVI file, and especially if you want to play the notoriously tricky .MKV format, VideoLAN’s multiplatform player is an absolute necessity. Sadly, it might not be around for much longer.

VLC’s OS X incarnation is in danger, according to VideoLAN, due to a lack of developers working on the project. Right now, the total number of active devs on the OS X port of the software is exactly zero, which is threatening official support of the software beyond version 1.1.0. VLC’s current version on the Mac is 1.0.3. Read More about VLC for Mac Resting on Shaky Ground