But the folks at VideoLan won't stop here, as they revealed an impressive roadmap for VLC, which includes AirPlay and VR support. Variety was able to sit down and have a talk with Jean-Baptiste Kempf, one of the app's lead developers, and we learned that about a quarter of these downloads have come from mobile devices.
Just like with Chromecast, we intend to support AirPlay on any platform. We would like it to be part of VLC 4, which is the next major release we are now working on. What you probably didn't know, is that VLC reached has been downloaded more than 3 billion times on the official website.
The addition of AirPlay to VLC's Android app will make streaming content from Apple devices to Android ones easy for those who use the app.
VLC is probably the most popular cross-platform media playback application available to date, used by millions of computer users worldwide on all major platforms, including GNU/Linux, Windows, macOS, Android, iOS, Chrome OS, and even Windows Phone OS. With meaningful updates and support for modern platforms, the application is well on its way to smashing the four billion download milestone.
They went this route because using the SDKs from these manufacturers would have added hundreds of MB of code to VLC.
Another feature demonstrated at CES was enhanced support for VR, which makes it possible to watch traditional 2D movies in a virtual theater environment within headsets like the HTC Vive.
Additionally, VLC is on the verge of surpassing three billion user downloads.