VLC 3.0 released: Chromecast, 8K, HDR, Android PiP, iPhone X optimization

VLC 3.0 lands on Android, Chrome OS, and other platforms with Chromecast support in tow

VLC 3.0 is here with Chromecast, 8K and HDR 10 support — the best just got better

VLC Player is one of the most popular media players now available on the Internet. VLC 3.0 is available now, and it's going to be available on all major platforms at once with some big features in tow.

VLC 3.0 has officially launched and it brings with it a bunch of new major features, not the least of which is the official arrival of Chromecast support.

VLC 3.0 is the first ever synchronized release between desktop application and mobile ports. The new version of the popular video playback software now supports even more video formats and includes hardware acceleration support for high-end video formats, including 4K video with HDR color and 8K video feeds.

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Running down the list of abilities, VLC 3.0 is able to stream to Chromecast devices, and that includes formats that aren't natively supported. The Android Auto interface is simplified, and you can ask it to "play Daft Punk (with VLC)" and Assistant will load it up. Android video outputs have also been significantly worked upon and the app now supports Oreo's Picture-in-Picture mode. However, VLC does not support Blu-Ray decryption. VLC for Android is completely free, has no ads and no in-app-purchases. By just saying 'play [artist/album/song] with VLC' Google Assistant can recognize the album, artist, or song name and play it using VLC.

There are many other new features as well, such as network browsing for remote file systems, HDMI passthrough for HD audio codes like E-AC3, Dolby TrueHD, and DTS-HD, 360 video and 3D Ambisonic audio support, and a lot more than you can chew on.

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