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Samuel Axon

Standard open supply video and audio participant software program VLC will add help for Apple’s AirPlay streaming function quickly, in accordance with statements given by the app’s growth crew to Selection.

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

Identical to with Chromecast, we intend to help AirPlay on any platform. There isn’t a launch date but in any respect. We wish it to be a part of VLC four, which is the following main launch we’re at present engaged on. We’ll let prematurely as soon as we outline a date.

The VLC growth crew added help for Chromecast, Google’s AirPlay equal, in 2018. Apple has typically supplied 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 help AirPlay and a few Apple companies.

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

In accordance with Selection, the “crew reverse-engineered most VR headsets to natively help VR video via the principle VLC app” as a result of utilizing the SDKs offered by the headset makers would enhance the file dimension of VLC Media Participant by lots of of megabytes. The answer VLC got here up with as a substitute added just one megabyte to the app’s dimension.

Moreover, VLC is on the verge of surpassing three billion person downloads. The event crew celebrated with a countdown clock at its CES sales space, and the three billion milestone is predicted to be reached someday immediately. The crew famous that cell downloads account for a couple of quarter of that quantity.

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