VLC for Android will soon support casting to Apple TVs via Airplay

VLC hits 3 billion downloads and will soon add Air Play support

VLC hits 3 billion downloads and will soon add Air Play support

The app needs no introduction - it's probably the most popular third-party video player in existence, and for good reason.

After that, a major update will be pushed to VLC across all popular platforms. The Videolan team, which is behind the creation of the video player app, is present at CES and the team members announced that VLC Media Player is about to reach 3 billion downloads today (Friday).

The VLC media player's developers are planning to add Apple AirPlay support to the software, enabling users to stream movies and other content from a mobile device to an Apple TV, one of the lead developers revealed in an interview at CES in Las Vegas.

Apart from AirPlay, VLC is also getting more robust support for virtual reality, said Kempf. The VLC team will also expand VR support in the future.

There is no fixed date for when this feature will be available to users, but a developer at CES did note that it's expected to launch within the next few months, allowing Android users in particular the ability to beam videos to Apple TV devices.

To make it possible, headset manufacturers using SDK would have needed to add a massive amount of code with hundreds of megabytes to make the headset compatible with the main VLC app.

VLC Media Player is available as a free download. However, Kempf said the team doesn't want to create a complete media center with specific tools for media library management.

With mobile accounting for a quarter of its user ecosystem, it makes sense for VideoLan to add more applications and functionality to that aspect of the experience. Its simplicity is exactly what made it so popular among users and got it almost 3 billion downloads. As always, if you have anything to share, feel free to sound them off in the comments section below!

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