VLC is one of the best media players. It's available on pretty much any platform and able to play almost every audio and video file type you could think of. Its UI on Android has become a bit stale over the years though, so with the recently released version 3.2.3 of the app, the developers have decided to polish up the looks while also adding new features to the Android TV and Chromebook variants.

Left: Old version 3.1.7 Right: New version 3.2.3

Both the audio and the video playback interfaces have received a facelift. Gone are the orange buttons when you watch videos, making way for much less obnoxious grey icons without outlines. The layout remains mostly unchanged though. Only the rotation lock button has been moved to the bottom of the screen. It replaces the resize tool, which you can now find in the overflow menu.

Left: Old version 3.1.7 Right: New version 3.2.3

The revamped version of the audio player looks a bit like a copy of Google Play Music's Now Playing interface. It has gained a white bar at the bottom, which contains all playback buttons including shuffle and repeat. The scrub bar moved from the bottom of the interface to sit at the top edge of the new box. Other than a now opaque top bar, the rest of the immediately visible interface remains unchanged – the album cover is still shown on top of a blurred bigger version of itself. Feature-wise, the equalizer sees the most drastic enhancements. When you open it through its entry in the overflow menu, all sliders are finally visible at one glance and all bits and pieces are properly labeled.

Left: Old version 3.1.7 Right: New version 3.2.3

If you use the app on a Chromebook, you'll be happy to learn that it now supports multi-selection of icons with Ctrl and Shift. The developers also implemented "most" of the VLC desktop player keyboard shortcuts.

Changelog VLC 3.2.3
  • UI redesign, including player and TV browsers
  • Add Group videos by name feature
  • Subtitles are now saved in the media folder when possible
  • Video player controls reorganization
  • Improve SMBv2 support
  • Improve media titles

On Android TV, the VLC library has become searchable via voice right from the launcher, and browsing your files within the app itself has been made more efficient thanks to the inclusion of filters. SMB support has been improved, too: The login process should be easier, and there shouldn't be any conflicts between v1 and v2/v3 of the protocol.

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It looks like the update hasn't widely rolled out to the Play Store yet, so if you're eagerly awaiting the new version, go ahead and download it from APK Mirror.

VLC for Android
VLC for Android
Developer: Videolabs
Price: Free