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Samuel Axon

Fashionable open supply video and audio participant software program VLC will add assist for Apple’s AirPlay streaming function quickly, in response to statements given by the app’s improvement staff to Selection.

VLC additionally supplied the next assertion to The Verge to touch upon the timeline and make clear some specifics of the AirPlay rollout:

Similar to with Chromecast, we intend to assist AirPlay on any platform. There is no such thing as a launch date but in any respect. We want it to be a part of VLC four, which is the following main launch we’re at present engaged on. We’ll let you recognize upfront as soon as we outline a date.

The VLC improvement staff added assist for Chromecast, Google’s AirPlay equal, earlier this 12 months. Apple has typically provided AirPlay on non-Apple gadgets earlier than—on the Sonos One for instance—however this 12 months’s CES has been marked by some notable expansions, notably in televisions. Many new televisions from Samsung, LG, and others will now assist AirPlay and a few Apple providers.

The addition of AirPlay to VLC’s Android app will make streaming content material from Apple gadgets to Android ones straightforward for individuals who use the app. The VLC staff may even develop VR assist sooner or later. Particularly, they demonstrated the flexibility to observe 2D motion pictures in a digital theater whereas carrying the HTC Vive at its CES sales space this week.

In response to Selection, the “staff reverse-engineered most VR headsets to natively assist VR video by means of the principle VLC app” as a result of utilizing the SDKs supplied by the headset-makers would improve the file dimension of VLC Media Participant by a whole lot of megabytes. The answer VLC got here up with as an alternative added just one megabyte to the app’s dimension.

Moreover, VLC is on the verge of surpassing three billion consumer downloads. The event staff celebrated with a countdown clock at its CES sales space, and the three billion milestone is anticipated to be reached someday at this time. They famous that cellular downloads account for a few quarter of that quantity.

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