THE MEDIA PLAYER MAINSTAY KEEPS IMPROVING. Free | www.videolan.org You might wonder why we’re reviewing one of the most enduring cross-platform media players now, since it’s been available for years. But it’s received plenty of updates throughout its life, and it’s worth returning to occasionally. For the fundamentals (ie, playing a large selection of video file types in a fuss-free, easy-to-use UI), VLC is still hard to beat, and remains one of the first apps installed on any new device. Chief among the recent updates, though, is Chromecast support. While it’s still in beta (though easily accessible through the publicly available app), this allows you to stream VLC to your Chromecast device, which for some might prove a more convenient way to get phone content playing on a TV. Meanwhile, scrolling through videos has been improved — it’s not as choppy as it once was — and local network file sharing is as simple as selecting the relevant local device and entering a password.