VLC 2.0 is here with network playback, reduced permissions, and so much more

Popular cross-platform media player VLC has picked up a major update to version 2.0 that brings a slew of new features. Network playback is now live, with support for DLNA, Windows network sharing, UPnP, NFS, FTP, and SFTP protocols. The media player has also cut down on the number of permissions it requires, only needing access to media files.

VLC is also a unified package now, allowing you to switch between phone, tablet, or the Android TV interface according to your liking. Other features that have made their way into version 2.0 include multi-window support, video playlists, playback history, ability to download subtitles, pop-up video view, and compatibility stretching back all the way from Android 2.2 to Android N:

  • 2.0 introduces a large number of features, notably network disk browsing (Windows shares, UPnP, NFS, FTP, SFTP…), favorite folders and URLs, video playlists, popup video, new permissions support, subtitles download, rewritten notifications and control, and a rewritten history.
  • The Android TV and Android versions were merged, so that every device can optionally get the updated Android TV interface.
  • Finally, it should be faster to decode and playback all video types.

The laundry list of changes make what is already a feature-rich media player one of the best available for Android. Hit up the badge above or head to the Play Store to download VLC 2.0. What’s your preferred media player? Let us know in the comments.

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