VLC is rightly considered the best and most versatile video player of them all. Renowned predominantly for its ability to handle any and all file formats thrown at it, maker VideoLAN has been busily updating and improving its assortment of mobile variants, and today, has made a rather big announcement in this regard. The crux of it is that VLC will be returning to iPhone and iPad, having been in hiding since the launch of iOS 8; the Android version is now finally out of beta as VideoLAN also adds an app for Android TV (beta), and there are also new versions for Windows Phone and Windows RT – along with a few other notable updates across the wider VLC product range. So, not much, then.
Despite some fairly stiff competition from a number of apps, VLC continues to be The People’s Champ, and with major, regular updates like this, it’s not too difficult to see why.
Beginning with iOS, the VLC app is now back and ready to download from the App Store, having hibernated since iOS 8 hit the scene last year. VLC has had a bit of a rocky ride as far as Apple’s platform is concerned, only recently reappearing after years in the wilderness, and if you’ve been waiting on its return, it’s now ready and waiting to be downloaded.
VLC for Android has been in beta for what feels like an eternity, but today, finally shakes off that tag. To be honest, it has long felt like the polished, seamless app to which we are accustomed, but sans the beta tag, VLC now thinks so too. Replacing it in the ranks of beta is the Android TV edition, which is being launched today, as well as versions for Windows Phone and Windows RT.
While adding a bunch of new apps to its already expansive pool, the folks at VideoLAN haven’t forgotten about the staple user base at desktop level, notably tweaking the aesthetics of the OS X version to better suit the look and feel of Yosemite.
You can check out the new apps and updates at the source, and with VLC 3.0 in the pipeline promising Chromecast support, there’s plenty more to look forward to from this iconic development team.