VLC for Android 2.0 which was in development for long time was finally released and now available on Google Play.
This is a major release and brings lot of features, improvements and fixes to VLC for Android.If you already have the app, update it now or new users can download the app from Google Play.
The notable features in this version are: subtitles downloader, video playlists, network disk browsing, favorite folders and URLs pop-up video view and support for multi windows.
Other features include new permissions support, an optional history panel, new asynchronous hardware decoder for faster decoding and updated codecs.
The features in VLC 2.0 that draw my attention are : Subtitles downloader and pop-up video view.
Just like Youtube videos, you can play videos in a small window while doing other work on your phone. While playing a video tap on the three dots, then select dotted rectangle icon to launch video in smaller pop-out window.
The subtitles downloader feature will let you download subtitles from OpenSubtitles directly to your mobile media player.
While playing videos from VLC on your Android, just tap on the speech bubble icon and select ‘Download Subtitles’ option.
Another noteworthy feature is introduction of Network Browsing in VLC for Android. This option allows users to browse folders/files on network and play media files on network servers.
This update to VLC was working smoothly on my wife phone (Nexus 5), but it somehow messed with my Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Phone, on updating to the latest version (v2.0), I’m unable to launch the media player on my Redmi Note 3 phone. Hope, the developer will launch a patch/update to fix this issue.
Overall, VLC 2.0 is a major update for Android devices and available for devices running Android OS 2.2 & above.
Download VLC for Android 2.0 @ Google Play