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VLC media player finally comes to Chrome OS thanks to Android Runtime on Chrome

vlc_video_player_landscape_TABetter late than never, right? VLC has announced that they’re finally bringing their fantastic media playing application to Google’s Chrome OS, marking off the last check box on its compatibility list.

What’s interesting is how the VLC managed to get things working, since Chrome OS technically doesn’t support normal “programs” like you’d download on Windows/OS X/Linux. If you’ve ever used Chrome OS, you know it uses apps/programs that are basically run inside of Chrome, the web browser, which all use Javascript. For something like VLC, porting the program over to Javascript from mostly C and C++ code was nearly impossible, which is what has kept the player away from Chrome OS for so long. Read more

Talk Android Apps of the Week: October 4, 2015


It’s Sunday, the time of the week when Talk Android brings you a report on some of the very best applications we’ve been using over the course of the past seven days. Today we’re focusing our attention on an ultra-reliable media player, a fantastic food ordering service, a useful movie referencing app and a great tool for anyone who has use of a PlayStation 4.

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Best media player apps [2015]


Taking your movies and music everywhere you go is one of the many benefits of having a smartphone or tablet. You never know when you’ll have some downtime to listen to some music during a break or watch a movie during a long flight. A big problem with the stock Android video player is that, in some cases, it doesn’t have all the necessary codecs you might need and a few helpful features are missing. Google’s in-house media player may be limited for some people, but luckily the Play Store is flooded with alternatives.

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VLC for Android gets Android TV support, Chromecast still pending

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Fans of the VLC media player on Android have been waiting for the app to incorporate support for streaming to Chromecast devices for some time now. Interest ratcheted up earlier this month when some changes in the VLC source code for the upcoming version 3.0 release indicated support for Chromecast was present. VideoLabs has released an update for the app, but it is still not the one everyone was hoping for that would include the casting capability. The good news is that it does include support for Android TV. Read more

VLC bringing Chromecast support with next update

VLC player androidIf you’ve ever dabbled in playing movies and TV shows on your computer, you’ve probably used VLC, or at least heard the name a few times. The program (and Android app!) supports nearly any file format or codec you throw at it, and it’s arguably the most cohesive media player available, even if it lacks some of the extra features other players have.

One thing that VLC has not had, though, was Chromecast support. When Google’s cheap streaming device was announced, VLC said they were planning on supporting it, but as of right now that hasn’t actually panned out. But according to some changes in VLC’s source code, version 3.0 looks like it’ll be bringing full Chromecast support so you can happily sling any media around to your televisions. Read more