VLC has without a doubt made it in the desktop world, serving as the favorite media player for many for over a decade. However, the same cannot be said when it comes to the commanding Android environment.
Despite this, the developers of VLC are not out of business. In fact, they have been busy lately with improvements to the app, with the latest version out there being v2.1.0. However, this version is still in beta and as such, you won’t find it in the Google Play Store.
But according to someone who has been able to play around with the new VLC 2.1 beta, there’re quite a good number of new features as well as improvements to current ones. One of the major highlight of the update is the new compatibility with Android Auto, however, there is still no support for video. But there’s more.
The updated VLC for Android has several changes on the interface, including a new standard audio player, 360-degree video controls that come with full support for both Daydream and Cardboard, but this will come at a later time. You also get picture-in-picture support as one of the additions to the refreshed design for Android TV, global library search and filtering as well as compatibility with the tech giant’s voice search feature.
There’s nothing to worry about using the new VLC during the day or night thanks to the integration with DayNight mode. The update has also restored double/long click on remote play when you want to skip songs. Those who had issues with audioplayer layout for back theme and RTL should ensure that they get this v2.1 once the stable version comes out.
Another interesting addition to the new VLC 2.1 beta is the support for LG devices that have a screen aspect ratio of 18:9. This is the same aspect ratio that the 5.7-inch QHD+ screen on the LG G6 is expected to come with. With the phone set to be unveiled tomorrow and start selling a few weeks later, VLC 2.1 stable should be out and ready for use – quite a perfect timing huh!
Still, you can join the beta testers of the app on the Google Play Store and experience the new version on your Android device, but be warned that this version is not stable.