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

Donna Miller
January 13, 2019

Jean-Baptiste Kempf, one of the app's lead developers, told Variety that roughly a quarter of downloads are now happening on mobile devices.

With that feature, Android users will be able to cast videos from their mobile devices to Apple TVs.

VideoLAN, the non-profit organisation behind the VLC media player, set up a dedicated booth at CES 2019 where a counter created using multiple smartphones and tablets kept a tab on VLC's download figures across all platforms. Its simplicity is exactly what made it so popular among users and got it almost 3 billion downloads. But the folks at VideoLan won't stop here, as they revealed an impressive roadmap for VLC, which includes AirPlay and VR support.

VLC Media Player is available as a free download.

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The VLC development team added support for Chromecast, Google's AirPlay equivalent, earlier this year. 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. First up is a major update to VLC's Android app in about a month, which will introduce support for AirPlay. The VLC team will also expand VR support in the future.

To make it possible, headset manufacturers using SDK would have needed to add a massive amount of code with hundreds of megabytes to make the headset compatible with the main VLC app. What you probably didn't know, is that VLC reached has been downloaded more than 3 billion times on the official website.

VLC is also preparing to add native support for VR content, according to the report, adding that VLC's developers are planning features including the option to watch 2D content in a movie theater-style environment.

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