Streaming’s nice and all, but when you need to watch a good-old local file, VLC is one of the most popular choices around. The Android app was just updated to version 2.0, with a few features make power-users giddy.
Perhaps most notably, you can now watch videos in a pop up windowed mode. It’s certainly not the first Android video player to do so on Android, but surprisingly few do.
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That makes it really convenient for watching keeping an eye on your favorite sitcom while chatting with your friends, or perhaps watching a lecture and writing notes on a tablet.
Granted, many Android phones include split-screen support, and Android N is introducing the feature as a native part of the OS, but it’s a welcome addition if you don’t want to waste half of your screen real-estate on video.
The other big feature is network browsing, which means you can watch any files stored on your local network through a variety of
acronyms protocols, including DLNA/UPnP, FTP, SFTP, NFS and Windows Share. In simpler terms, that should work for streaming most things from your devices (just waiting on Chromecast, VLC).
Other new features:
- Download subtitles from OpenSubtitles right from VLC.
- Make video playlists (in addition to audio ones).
- View video history (it can be disabled for privacy).
- The Android TV app has a revamped interface.
- The video player has a simplified UI.
- Improved Right-to-Left and Complex Text Layout subtitles.
The update is rolling out to the Google Play Store now.
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