Since its introduction 20 years ago, the free and open source platform media player VLC has been downloaded more than 3.5 billion times. To celebrate the incredible achievement, VLC developer and VideoLAN Foundation President Jean-Baptiste Kempf revealed that the popular media player plans to release a major update in 2021 with a new user interface.
In an interview with Protocol, Kempf revealed that the new user interface will be part of VLC 4.0, which is scheduled for release later this year. “We modified the interface to be a little more modern,” said Kempf Protocol. Unfortunately, Kempf did not explain much more than that regarding the release’s design.
The revision will also include integration with more online content directly in the app, but in a very “VLC way”
Finally, Kempf said that VideoLAN is working on a new initiative called the Moviepedia Project, which is described as a “kind of IMDb competitor” and will include Wikipedia editing in the community.
It’s unclear when VLC 4.0 will be available or when Moviepedia Project will launch, but with Kempf sharing some details, hopefully, they will come out sooner rather than later.
The news of a major VLC update comes in a much larger, very fascinating look from Protocol in VLC’s history as one of the most popular open source projects. When more information is released, we will make sure to let you know.