Since the old days, VLC always has been our favorite player for playing videos in our desktop or laptop. The main reason behind its popularity is the fact that the player is lightweight, has an excellent audio codec and can support multiple video formats. To our joy, VLC expanded its domain to the Android platform as well, enabling the users to play MKV, OGG, and other video formats without any lag in their Android device. On April of 2019, VLC released the next stable version, VLC 3.1 for both iOS as well as Android. Let’s discuss what is new in it.
With 3.0, developers can now upgrade the SDK and start refactoring at a whole new level. Android Arch components are now implemented, drastically improving the user experience. In the new version, developers basically rewrote the entire middle layer of the application. The architecture was made much safer, resulting in the application’s stability and a better way of code sharing between TV and Mobile UI.
Changes on First Launch
After installation, when the app is first started, scanning the entire storage was mandatory previously. Now it’s entirely optional. If you want to make it the default player, you can choose to scan the entire device and if you want to keep it only as a lightweight player, no scanning or maintaining a media library is required.
If you are using Android 7.1 or above, without even opening VLC, you can resume listening or watching the audio or video you were listening before. All you need to do is long press the VLC icon and the options will pop up. The shortcuts are static for now, but the developers are working on making them customizable.
Grouping the Videos
Just like the menu in Android where you can arrange the apps in different folders, VLC 3.1 also provides the same option. Navigate to Video -> Group Videos from Settings and you will have the option to store video in folder groups. It’s a convenient way to maintain your collection. You can also sort the videos according to groups in your Android TV.
Android Auto is Recovered Again
Android Auto was too buggy in the previous versions since VLC was required to support Android 2. But in the latest update, the bugs are resolved and Android Auto is back, providing you the option to listen to your playlist while driving or traveling.
Large Sized Media Libraries
Developers worked on a pretty useful feature after the refactoring. Pagination was implemented for your audio playlist, providing better support for large audio collection. No need to worry if your Audio playlist has a size of 10 GB or more. VLC will easily handle the task by loading pages or segments instead of loading all the tracks at once.
File Browser and Home Screen
File browser of VLC has a lot of additions after the update. You can now browse files from the attached OTG device. Apart from network folders, you can also set your local folders as favorite and browse them directly from the browser’s root level. Breadcrumbs are also now implemented, making navigation a lot easier.
In case of Android TV, you can see a list showing the recently added videos when VLC is launched from your Android TV home screen. Focusing on a single video will even let you preview it.
Apart from all these, VLC 3.1 has improved its compatibility with Chromebook and allows the users to sort preferences and detect podcasts easily. In case VLC 3.1 is not yet available in PlayStore for your region, you can download the APK file from third-party app stores. Keep on following us for more updates and do let us know what do you like more in the latest updates.