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The VLC media player is now available for Google Chromebooks too. This week, VideoLAN released VLC, the tech world’s number one media player app, for the Chromebooks working on Chrome OS. Users can download this software, which is one of VLC’s variations for Android systems, from Google’s Play Store.
The Chrome platform was among the few PC programs that still did not have a dedicated VLC application. This media player is currently available for OS X, Windows, Linux, Solaris, BSD, OS/2, ReactOS and Haiku/BeOS. However, Chrome OS was not a simple platform to run programs on it.
This is because the media player is a local program on all system and uses lower-level APIs in order to produce audio and video files. Wiring codes for VLC in more advanced programming languages, as it is needed in Chrome OS, is not easy at all.
Earlier this year, Google released its Android Runtime app designed for Chrome, something that allows software designers to release Android programs for Windows, Linux, Mac or Chrome OS. The Runtime app let programmers to easily bring VLC features into the vast Android ecosystem and supports the majority of tablets and smart phones.
The app development is now being extended to Chrome OS and Android TV. We have to remember that Chrome OS and Chrome are not identical platforms when it comes to coding. Since Android Runtime was designed only for Google’s Chrome OS, it cannot run on the PC editions of Chrome, according to the company’s representatives who presented the new app.
However, because VLC is offered for Mac, Linux and Android, the main desktop systems where Chrome is already available, this is not an issue anymore. Android Runtime offered Google a significant advantage, and helped them s to reuse more than 90% of its Android codes and developments launched in the previous months.
Of course, a series of adjustments was required, but these were a lot less in comparison to the tedious alternative. This week’s release is the initial launch of the media player for Google’s Chromebooks, and even if it was derived from the Android dedicated application, it does contain some Chrome OS-based developments.
The company’s experts said that the software was analyzed while running on the HP Chromebook and Chromebook Pixel, so remember that they may need a while to remove bugs usually found in the other gadgets working on Chrome OS.
As is it the case with all VideoLAN releases, its VLC app for Chrome OS is open source and free. The source codes are certified under GPL and are currently allocated as GPLv3, similar to the VLC application for Android.
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