VLC is a fully-open-source and community-driven project. It is a video/music playback software available for numerous operating systems, including the one we all fancy (You know which one I am talking about!) Of course, it has a beta testing program and the latest build has been released for all early adopters. Version 3.0.99 aims to improve upon a handful amount of "issues" that we will get to in a bit. As always, the release notes go first.

Changelog:

  • Onboarding screen for new users
  • Add a sticky header during audio lists scroll
  • Fix albums/artists/genres not being updated during a scan
  • Fix Subtitle download requests not being sent
  • 'Save Playback Speed' option is now OFF by default
  • Crash fixes

Onboarding screen

The most obvious change, or addition per se, is the new onboarding page, or in other words, a welcome screen for newbies. It helps them do the quick initial setup of the app. For example, VLC asks for some necessary permission like storage access, lets users also choose their desired theme, or set it to auto mode so it switches to the more appropriate one depending on the time of the day. Helpful stuff all around.

Sticky header

The next useful behavior change is with the header in the audio library. When scrolling through your tracks list you will notice that the letter you are in is being displayed below the status bar for your convenience.

'Save Playback Speed' option

Other than those two, VLC now sets the 'Save Playback Speed' option to off by default. You can still enable it if you desire. For your information, It lives inside the Interface section in the settings.

To summarize things up, it looks like VLC is undergoing a user experience optimization phase for newcomers. Although, in the meantime, they have done some bug fixing job that is totally appreciable.

You can enter that same testing program from the links further down this page.

Source: Google Play


VLC is a free and open-source multimedia player for Android that plays most multimedia files, including AC-3 audio and supports various streaming protocols as well. It has a pretty basic UI and no ads, of course, and works on Android TV devices too. As you guessed from the title, it has an ongoing open beta program on the Google Play Store and there is a new update available for early adopters, which includes the following list with changes/improvements:

Changelog

Android:

  • Media library scan is now optional

  • Launcher shortcuts

  • OTG devices support in the file browser

  • Favorites in the local file browser

  • Refactored subtitles downloader

  • A-B repeat

  • Android Auto is back

  • Sorting preferences are now saved

  • Breadcrumb is browsers (I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THIS MEANS)

  • Improve support for very large media libraries

Android TV:

  • Homescreen channels support

  • Support for media sorting & videos grouping

  • Manual network sharing settings

Some of the more "groundbreaking" additions are the launcher shortcuts for Android 7.1+ (A little too late but...), which give you quick access to your playlists, directories and your last playlist, although, the last one does not function at all in this build at least on my POCOPHONE F1. Moreover, you can set up a list with your favorite folders and access them easily from the Directories page. Additionally, you can now disable the Auto rescan option from VLC's settings, so it does not automatically scan your library for new files whenever you launch the app, because it takes a while. Apart from these, Android Auto, plus channels support for TV devices are very much welcome.

If you would like to, you can instantly join VLCs public beta on Google Play from the links below this article and be one of the first people who get to try out the latest features the developers are working on.

Source: Google Play