• Android

    New Features of VLC 3.1

    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. If you still don’t have the VLC app installed on your mobile you can download it from either google play store or any APK Downloader site. 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.

    Shortcuts

    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. Keep on following us for more updates and do let us know what do you like more in the latest updates.

  • Android

    The 9 Best Android Q Beta Features You Need To Know

    The Beta version of Android Q launched into the market a few weeks ago and people are already interested to get it installed and test the new features. It is the 4th time that Google released the developer preview of the newly released Android. However Android Q Beta is not only a developer preview. It is tried out by developers as well as early adopters. Let’s discuss the features that the beta version of this OS has in store.

    Privacy Protection

    Privacy has always been a smartphone user’s primary concern. Android Q Beta takes care of this by adding features like file-based encryption, lock down mode, encrypted backups, locking the background access of audio recorder and camera and making it mandatory for apps to ask permission before they are allowed to access sensitive resources.

    Support for Foldable Screen

    Developers now have the liberty to choose how their applications will be displayed on foldable and large screens. Newly launched foldable devices have also paved the path for innovative user experience. To help a user in managing the behavior of his app in a foldable screen, he resizable. The activity also got changed in Android Q. Developers also updated the emulators for supporting an apps’ switching on multiple display ports.

    Location Control

    Android Q shows an advanced operating system that allows a user to restrict an app’s ability to detect a user’s location. For example, if you are using an online food delivery application, it will need your location and ask for it. You can allow that, but if a suspicious app that has no purpose with your location asks for it, you can simply deny it.

    Shortcut Sharing

    Sharing Shortcuts allow the users to instantly switch and start using another application for sharing content. Shared targets can also be published by the developers, each having a specific activity and can also be presented on the share UI.

    Settings Panel

    A brand new Settings API makes it possible for the operating system to show the system settings directly under the context of the application. This takes advantage from the Slices feature, already included in Android Pie. The Settings Panel is a floating UI which you can access from an application to change the toggles as well as the system settings.

    Graphics and Media

    Applications now have the ability to request images having Dynamic Depth. This includes JPEG as well as XMP metadata that provides the depth elements along with confidence maps. This increases the ability to add bokeh effects and specialized blurs in applications related to photo editing. This feature will also support AR photography and 3d image rendering in the future.

    Faster Launching of Applications

    Applications can now be launched in the much lesser time since Android have learned about those sections of an application’s coding layer which can be used quite frequently. Developers are now able to process an application’s data relatively earlier and process it to the security container, making it fully ready to launch.

    Improved ART Performance

    Android Q Beta helps an application to perform with better agility simultaneously while using less memory, thereby boosting the ART run time. Google Play has also delivered the APK’s cloud-based profiles.

    Better Connectivity and WiFi

    For wireless connectivity, Android Q Beta presents low latency along with high performance, thereby benefiting multiplayer gaming and a much-improved video and audio call over Skype, WhatsApp, etc. It also improves the privacy and performance of a device by refactoring the WiFi stack. With the Beta version rolling out these many useful features, users are eagerly waiting to see what the final product will have in store. We are still wondering what it will be called. Although a bit early, yet it seems to be heading in the right direction.