VLC, a popular third-party video player for iOS, today received a major update that introduces a swanky new design and lots of new features. The app now looks right at home on devices running iOS 7, and it has the ability to stream videos from Google Drive and Dropbox. You can even download videos from UPnP media multimedia servers on your local network.
New VLC users will be greeted by a new start-up tutorial that teaches you the app’s basics, helping you take advantage of all of its handy features. It’ll walk you through the steps you’ll need to follow to add videos to your VLC library using either iTunes or a web browser.
If you’d prefer not to store videos locally, then you can now upload them to your Google Drive or Dropbox accounts and stream them directly to VLC. Simply open up the app’s navigation menu and log into your accounts to view all of your cloud-based media.
You can also stream videos from Universal Plug’n’Play (UPnP) servers on your home network. Tap the “local network” option and you’ll see a list of all the UPnP servers on your network, and you can then use the search option to find the video you’re looking for.
On top of all this, the new VLC update brings the following changes and improvements:
- New multi-touch gestures
- Re-written Wi-Fi uploading
- Support for more streaming formats and protocols
- Improved decoders and support for HEVC / H.265 and VP9
- Improved handing library, especially for TV shows
- Improved privacy when using passcode lock
You can find the full list of changes by following the link to VLC’s website below. If you don’t already have VLC, follow the App Store link to download it for free.