VLC, the free and open source multimedia player that so many of you play your legally purchased DVD rips from, received a beta update today on Android that brought with it Chromecast support. While I’m not as up-to-speed on VLC development as I probably should be, this seems like a big deal.
Previously (almost a year ago), VLC picked up Chromecast support through a nightly build that was labeled as experimental. As far as I can tell, this is the first time it’s added Chromecast support to a beta. It’s still labeled as “experimental” though, so keep that in mind.
With Chromecast support, you will see Cast icons from the main screen, as well as in videos, with lists of available Cast locations through a tap. You should be able to stream all of the video files you have on your device to a Chromecast that way.
This new beta drops in as VLC v2.9.0 and is available if you are in the beta track. You can sign-up for it at the bottom of its Google Play listing, which you’ll find at the link below.
- Chromecast support (experimental)
- Playlist files detection
- Faster seek
- SDCard files deletion
- Fixed deletion on Oreo
- Option to disable subs auto-loading
- Fixed artists/Album classification
- Chromebook & Samsung DeX support
- Misc. fixes