VLC Expected to Break 3B Downloads at CES, Will Add Airplay Soon

VLC Expected to Break 3B Downloads at CES, Will Add Airplay Soon

Hidden within the hustle and bustle of CES, everyone's favourite video player is gearing up for a major milestone achievement, as the addition of new features.

The VideoLAN team celebrated the milestone with a special download counter at its CES booth in Las Vegas. Jean-Baptiste Kempf, one of the lead developers of the popular app, told Variety in an interview that around a quarter of the downloads of the app were done on mobile devices.

Just like Chromecast support, however, VLC plans to add AirPlay support to all of its platforms. The VLC for Android app will get an update in "about a month" that will bring support for Apple's AirPlay proprietary protocol suite which allows wireless streaming of media between compatible devices. Still, one interesting feature that will make it to VLC very soon is AirPlay support. There is no release date yet at all.

According to Kempf, the VideoLAN team reverse-engineered most VR headsets to natively support VR content through the main VLC app. We will let you know in advance once we define a date.

The 3 billion downloads mark was probably reached today thanks to the sixth update in the "Vetinari" series. We would like it to be part of VLC 4, which is the next major release we are now working on. Instead, they went their own route so that users would be able to watch traditional 2D movies in a virtual theater environment using their application. Had the team relied on the SDKs of headset makers, the implementation would have added hundreds of megabytes of code to the app. About 25% of that huge amount comes from mobile devices, so about 750 million downloads are coming from Android and iOS platforms.