One of the very first applications we inevitably install on our new PCs or Macs is the VLC Player. The ability to play pretty much all the important media formats as well clean-simple UI and relatively low memory hogging nature of the application makes it one of the must haves. It is without a doubt, the most used Media Player in the world alongside the Windows Media Player.
Chromecast is a useful gadget that allows you to stream selective media such as Youtube videos from your mobile device to the Television. Recently, Google had opened Chromecast SDK for the developers so they could take the full advantage of the capabilities of the device and extend support to their applications. While there are a few applications that enable playback of local videos using Chromecast, there hardly is one app that you can depend upon. Given that VLC supports pretty much all the known formats it is a fantastic news that VLC is set to bring support for Chromecast in its upcoming update.
VideoLan developer Felix Paul Kühne, recently gave away that the VLC team is working on developing support for Chromecast. According to the report in Gigaom, the iOS version of VLC will get the Chromecast support first followed by the support for the desktop versions of VLC on Windows, Mac and Linux. Although Android was not mentioned initially, it has since been confirmed that the Android version will get support for Chromecast too.
Since there are no official SDKs from Google for the desktop platform, it is understandable why VLC is going for mobile first. VLC for Android continues to remain in the beta version, so that would explain why iOS has been given the priority in the short term. However, with Android set to drop the Beta tag in the next major upgrade as reported by Android Police, we could see the Chromecast support arriving on VLC Players as soon as July, at leats for the mobile devices.