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VLC for Android adds DeX support in its latest beta

While VLC is the default go-to media player for many users on their computer, it is not always the case when it comes to Android. Between pre-installed media players from OEMs and dozens of great options on Google Play, users have plenty of choice on their mobiles and tablets. It is not that VLC is not popular, but there are equally good or better options on Android.

VLC for Android picks up DeX support

Given the not-for-profit nature of VLC, the development of VLC on Android has been a bit slow compared to other popular media players. It picked up more pace in the last few months adding more features and improving the performance in general.

In the latest beta release version 2.9.0, VLC for Android has added a new feature which should make Samsung DeX users happy. The app is now optimized to work in Samsung DeX environment. The timing of the VLC update seems to be just right as Samsung is reportedly planning to launch a new DeX dock this year at the official unveiling of the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. The VLC beta version also adds support for Chromebooks and experimental support for Chromecast.

For those who are not aware, DeX (Desktop Experience) is a feature launched by Samsung with the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. It allows users with Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, and Galaxy Note 8 to connect their devices to a monitor, keyboard, and mouse via a DeX dock (sold separately) and use their phone as a PC. DeX environment is optimized for keyboard and mouse use for a more productive experience. It also supports running apps in a windowed mode similar to a desktop operating system.

At the launch of DeX, Samsung announced that Microsoft apps on Android are optimized to work in DeX. Now, with support for VLC in DeX environment, both the work and play parts are covered well in the DeX mode.

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