The private beta version the popular media player VLC has now gone public and what’s more, the app is now also supported on Windows 10 Mobile, the biggest ever OS release for Windows devices yet. The last VLC update, which was months ago, came with version number 184.108.40.206 and today’s update brings it up to version 1.6.0.
The private beta version of the app works in the same way as Facebook beta, developers of VLC say. Similar to the Facebook beta which gives out new and improved features, the VLC beta comes with updates that will not be readily available for the stable version of the app. As the tag “stable version” suggest, VLC for Windows Mobile is preferred for stable and less-buggy-usage when compared to the beta version. But if you do want to try out new features while they are still in testing and care less about the unknown issues (which you completely are if you are using Windows 10 Mobile right now), then you could go with trying the beta version.
The app now also supports Windows 10 Mobile Technical Preview, but with it comes a drawback as the developer Thomas Nigro adds that while running it on Windows 10 Mobile TP, the phone gets pretty hot soon. From the developer’s blog:
The changelog is pretty big, so there’s a whole new link dedicated to it. It lists all the changes made to the app till now listed with dates and on which OS of Windows devices.
How to get it?
Unfortunately, we couldn’t release it on our main distribution channel because of an odd Windows Store issue (version number problem). As the amount of users asking for an update is tremendous, I decided to use our Private Beta channel and transform it to a Public Beta channel.
What does that mean
The Public Beta channel works like Facebook and Facebook Beta. The first one is stable, well tested and should be OK for everyone, while the second brings new features, bug fixes … and potential new bugs. Facebook Beta is hidden, and you can download it only via a link -> Same for VLC Beta. It also means the VLC Beta channel will get updates more often.
Playing videos without Hardware Acceleration may cause the app to crash. If this is the case for you, please go to Settings > Videos > Enable Hardware Acceleration and reboot the app.
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