VLC Player adds 360-degree videos support for Android devices

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VLC 2.5 has hit the Play Store with some really cool features that you would love. The very popular player has added support for 360-degree videos, making it one of the most advanced players for mobile devices.

Among other newly added features, it now has a more dynamic Material Design, DayNight mode integration and Picture-in-Picture mode for Android Oreo devices. The Android version of the player has now also been integrated with Google Now as well as a new Search activity.

In a blog post announcing the new version of the player, Geoffrey Métais, Android developer at VideoLAN said:

VLC for Android releases have been trapped in VLC 3.0 preparation and big media library refactoring black holes. So, there hasn’t been any update for 13 months, but development is still active and cool new stuff is coming.”

The audio player background now offers a blurred version of current art cover. This is a great update considering the fact that it makes it possible to resume the position for audio media tagged as podcast or audiobook, Softpedia reports.

Credit: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.videolan.vlc&hl=en

The new update now lets you seek videos by 10 seconds when you double tap on the screen edges of your Android device. You will also love the new look Android TV interface, which has been improved. Sound lowering on notification has now been removed, and now support devices with large aspect ratios for devices such as Samsung Galaxy S8 and LG G6.

On installing the new version 2.5, I also found out that there is an improvement in the playback performance. It now comes with support for VP8, VP9, and VP10 in MP4, Adaptive (HLS/Dash), TS formats, and HDMI passthrough.

At a glance, here are some of the new features that have now been added to the latest version of VLC Player:

  • Android Auto implementation.
  • Refactored MediaLibrary.
  • Resume position for audio media tagged as audiobook or podcast.
  • Audio boost in video player.
  • Custom equalizer presets.
  • Improve RTL support.
  • Improve app & video player startup speed.

VLC Player for Android first hit the store in 2012 after making bold headlines on the desktop and briefly hitting the Apple Store before it was pulled out. The free media player supports virtually every media file types you can think of.

The new version currently supports all formats including MKV, MP4, AVI, MOV, Ogg, FLAC, TS, M2TS, Wv and AAC. All codecs are included with no separate downloads. It supports subtitles, Teletext and Closed Captions.

The player also supports multi-track audio and subtitles, auto-rotation, aspect-ratio adjustments and gestures to control volume, brightness and seeking. Also supported is a widget for audio control, supports audio headsets control, cover art and a complete audio media library.

VLC Player 2.5 is already available in the Play Store and can be downloaded immediately.

Do feel free to drop us a line or two and if you have something to add to this story. Have you tried the 360-degree feature in the new VLC Player? Do feel free to give us a feedback on this and other newly added features.


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Author: Ola Ric

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