VLC is a free and open source media player that has a reputation as a Swiss Army Knife for desktop and notebook computers, since it can handle just about any or audio video file you throw at it. The mobile versions of VLC aren’t quite as powerful, but they’re getting better all the time.
Here are a few of the new things you can do with version 2.0:
- Browse and play videos from a shared network drive.
- Download subtitles fro OpenSubtitles.
- Create playlists to watch a series of videos, one after another.
- On devices that support multi-window (including some Samsung and LG tablets), you can use a popup-video view to watch a video while using other apps.
Other changes include faster hardware-accelerated video decoding, an updated options menu, and a single installer for the Android and Android TV versions of VLC.
The app also now requires fewer permissions to run.
In other VLC-related news, the latest nightly builds of VLC 3.0 for desktop computers offer Chromecast support, which means you can stream content from your PC to a TV with Google’s $35 Chromecast device connected (or any other Google Cast device).