VideoLAN today launched version 3.0 of its media player across all major desktop and mobile platforms: Windows (ARM, x86, x64), macOS, Linux, Android, iOS, Android TV, Apple TV, and Chrome OS. The world’s most used media player thatplays everything just got even better. You can download the new version now: Android , iOS , and everything else .
Version 3.0 adds numerous new features, fixes more than 1,500 bugs, and spans more than 20,000 commits, Jean-Baptiste Kempf, lead developer and president of VideoLAN, told VentureBeat. It is “the result of more than three years of volunteer work” Kempf said, and indeed, the last such major update arrived in February 2015.
All VLC 3.0 releases share the same code, thanks to a massive change to the media player’s core, Kempf explained. Dubbed Vetinari after the fictional character Lord Vetinari , VLC 3.0 runs on every Windows version going back to XP, all macOS versions going back to 10.7, all iOS versions going back to iOS 7, all Android versions going back to Gingerbread 2.3, and all Chromebooks with the Google Play Store.
VLC 3.0 brings the following to the media player:
That’s not all. Kempf also claims that VLC 3.0 consumes less CPU and GPU than Media Player Classic Home Cinema and the Movies app on Windows.
While there is a VR version of VLC slated for release in mid-April, the VideoLAN team is already starting to think about VLC 4.0. So far, the plan is to drop older operating system versions (Windows XP, Windows Vista, macOS 10.7, macOS 10.8, Android 2.x, and Android 3.0 Honeycomb), which Kempf notes means that VLC 3.0 is a long-term support release.