VLC becomes a true universal app for Windows Phone, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10
The main developer behind the Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone versions of the VLC media player has announced new updates for both apps, along with news that VLC is a universal app for both platforms. The app works with Windows 10 as well
In a blog post, VideoLAN developer Thomas Nigro announced the team decided to pause releasing weekly updates for the Windows Phone version of VLC in order to turn it into a universal app. Most of the code is now shared for both apps. Nigro wrote:
Here's a look at what's been added to the new VLC Windows 8.1 universal app, according to Nigro:
- Creating a playlist, editing a playlist (early support though)
- Your videos are displayed in three categories: videos, camera rolls and shows. We automatically detect if a video is an episode of a show.
- You can see the upcoming shows of an artist
- Social sharing (« #NowPlaying Shake It Off – Taylor Swift »)
Nigro said there are now "hundreds of bug fixes" in the new version, adding, "You can finally open a video, or a music file from the Windows Explorer, with the VLC Universal App. Should work fine. If it's not the case, tell us." A couple of features have been temporarily removed, including DLNA support, which is "set to come back as soon as possible" along with "manually changing the album cover. That will be back next week (and will also be available on WP)."
The Windows Phone version got an update today, but it's mostly bug fixes. Nigro stated, "We needed to publish an update so we could monitor how the WP version is evolving, and prepare your devices for a much bigger update that will come in the next couple of month, with Direct3D rendering and hardware decoding."
At the moment, it would appear that the VLC app for Windows 8.1 is not available in the Windows Store but we will update this post when it goes live. Update: The Windows 8.1 app is back in the Windows Store.
- Download VLC from the Windows Phone Store
- Download VLC from the Windows Store (opens in new tab)
Source: Thomas Nigro
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@Wael Hasno----And yes I say I'll switch to iSheep too if WP 10 doesn't satisfy me. Have a 6 somewhere in a drawer.
@Kaymd----Thanks to Mr. Thomas (Nigro) cause he atleast made an app (after 2 years) that has an excellent UI (and nothing else) but he still wants respect (and for us to have patience) and also good reviews on WP Store (for an app which still crashes on opening).
@VLC Devs----A nice move to make the app universal. Saves a lotta work and now VLC will progress faster, definitely would like it to be the best (and out of beta soon).
I think I'm getting sick of the endless whining about apps here, imagine the impressive effort Thomas and his team are putting into development of the VLC universal app and all some people can do is complain, seriously wtf??? Anyone not satisfied with WP can please leave the platform for those who appreciate it and are willing to allow it find it's own growth. WP is not iOS or Android. It is WP. If you want a Droid or an iPhone you know where to go right?
We all want W10 to be a huge success...
This is looking good.