VLC for android now plays videos from your local network
The most popular media player, VLC is now became much more capable if you like full control over how and where you play your videos. The VLC 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. 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 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). The update is rolling out to the Google Play Store now.
Some of the new features of VLC:
- The video player has a simplified UI.
- Improved Right-to-Left and Complex Text Layout subtitles.
- 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.
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