Finally, a new update is available for the Android version of VLC. The version 2.0 of this well-loved media player is a major upgrade so we can expect exciting new features and enhancements. Some important changes include subtitles downloader, video playlists, network shares browsing and playback, pop-up video view, multi-windows, favorite network shares, and optional history panel. There’s also the merging of Android packages and Android TV on this version.

VLC for Android 2.0 takes advantage of VideoLAN’s new asynchronous hardware decoder. The result is faster decoding plus added support for more formats and codecs. This version supports almost all Android versions including the upcoming Android N. App permissions have been updated so users don’t have to worry about permissions that can be dangerous. Runtime permissions are also supported.

When it comes to network browsing, there’s the new playback of local servers and network shares. There’s been a high demand for such so the developers decided to give network browsing a chance. More protocols are now supported like Windows Shares, DLNA/UPnP, SFTP, NFS, and FTP(S). The feature is so convenient that it can even detect subtitles over the network. If there are no subtitle available, there’s now integrated access to OpenSubtitles for quick download.

Other new features include basic video playlists. Popup-video view can be expected as LG Dual Window and Samsung MultiWindow are also now supported. If you want to keep tabs of what you’ve watched in the past, there’s the history feature which you can also disable if you think there is no need for it.

VLC for Android 2.0’s video player now comes with advanced options but the portrait and landscape modes have been simplified. The interface for Android TV and the Right-To-Left and Complex Text Layout subtitles have been improved as well.

VIA: JB Kempf