Many of you may probably have heard about VLC Player – it’s actually of my favorite software on my PC and on my Mac. It’s a lightweight media player that’s surprisingly heavy on features. This open source software can play literally any video file available.
VLC’s dominance became even better when a mobile version of the player was released on mobile devices. The free app on iOS and Android was a great alternative for the built-in video players on smartphones, which is normally on the files it supports.
VLC Player’s mobile app just got an update that bumps the version to 3.0 (the desktop version got updated as well) where it has gotten even more features you could think of. One of this is support for HDR video that allows you to view videos with a wider range of color. Of course, your smartphone needs to support an HDR-capable display for you to enjoy it.
Another is support for 360-degree videos. While other apps can playback 360-degree video, the addition of this feature on VLC Player just makes it an even more desirable choice for a media player on your smartphone. Additionally, it now also supports 4K and 8K playback – as long as your smartphone can handle it (we’ve tested it on most flagship devices and playback was buttery smooth).
But probably the biggest update to arrive is support for Chromecast streaming. This means that if you have a Chromecast-ready device you can easily stream video (or audio) wireless without the hassle of wires – and yes, that applies if you’re using an Android and iOS device.
The best part? It’s completely free. So do us a favor and install VLC Player on device (if you haven’t already).