Open Source Media Player VLC Gets iOS 7 Redesign, Dropbox Streaming and Google Drive Integration

VLC player screenshot of movie playback

Do you often play movies, TV shows or music on your iPhone or iPad? If so, you might want to start using the free and open source VLC player (if you’re not already). Besides providing a highly functional and sleek interface for all your media player needs, VLC released a few useful updates today that could make it your new go-to media player.

Among the new features added in VLC version 2.2.0 are:

  • New UI for iOS 7
  • Dropbox streaming without saving files
  • Google Drive integration
  • Multitouch gestures
  • Repeated playback
  • Deinterlacing
  • Better UPnP integration with downloading support
  • Support for more streaming formats and protocols
  • Rewritten Wi-Fi upload
  • Multi-track audio handling
  • The ability to store FTP server bookmarks
  • Improved privacy with instant Passcode Lock


Streaming Without Saving Files

Previous versions of VLC for iOS allowed users to connect to their Dropbox account and read and download Dropbox files. Version 2.2 allows users to stream Dropbox content without downloading it first, extremely helpful for those with limited space on their iPhone or iPad. Version 2.2 also brings Google Drive integration to iOS, but VLC it does not support file streaming from Drive at this time.


Multitouch Gestures for Playback Control

Now controlling media playback on your iOS device will be easier than ever with multitouch gestures in VLC.

vlc gestures for pause and close
Tap the screen anywhere with two fingers to pause or play the current media. Pinch to end the current playback session and close the media.

VLC gestures for playbak position
Swipe to the left and right to skip forward or backward.

VLC gestures for volume and brightness
Swipe up or down on the left side of the screen to adjust screen brightness (as demonstrated by the gray hands); swipe up or down on the right side of the screen to adjust the volume (as demonstrated by the red hands).

VLC is great for those seeking a flexible media player with options for subtitles and captions, aspect ratio variations, background audio playback and more. Now with gesture controls and Dropbox streaming, I’d say VLC is the ultimate media player for iOS.

Download VLC for iOS:
VLC App for iOS

via The Next Web

Lauren Mobertz

By Lauren Mobertz

Lauren is the former managing editor for DashBurst. One part geek, one part urban nomad, she is constantly scouting for the latest tech and world news. In the evenings you'll find Lauren running in strange places or attempting to dance salsa.