VLC pass 1 million downloads on Windows Phone, to get hardware acceleration soon

VLC Windows Phone

The road to the Windows Phone app for VLC has been rather long and tortuous, stretching all the way back to their Kickstarter campaign in December 2012, and I think most would agree that while the app has still some way to go to be the best media player on Windows Phone, it is progressing pretty well at present.

Now its lead developer, Thomas Nigro, has revealed on twitter that interest in the app has been so high that it has generated more than 1 million downloads in only 2 1/2 months.

More good news for those Windows Phone users is that the app is also set to soon get dramatically better.

Future updates will include hardware acceleration courtesy of DirectX 11, which should mean much higher performance, better battery life and the ability to manage much higher video resolutions.

On the desktop VLC is the undisputed king of the multi-codec video player market, and with the continuing effort of its developers I can certainly see it heading that way on Windows Phone also.

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