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Earlier this week, we mentioned that the amazing folks behind the XBMC project are bringing the app to Android. Well, it's still very early, but would you like to see what it's gonna be like? Of course you do. If you've got a Nexus Q or an Android-compatible set top box, you can download the apk from our mirrors below. For the rest of you, here's what it looks like running on a lovingly hacked Nexus Q, courtesy of Cyanogenmod developer Jason Parker:


The interface is still very much centered around arrow keys/a d-pad. Touch input does work, but text is very small on a phone and not much better on a tablet. This is still the TV-centric XBMC you're used to, so unless you have a set top box that can run Android apps, or a device with HDMI/MHL out and some Bluetooth control mechanisms to help you out, this probably won't be of much use to you. Then again, as an unfinished port, this won't be much use to you anyways.

Keep in mind, XBMC and the Android app are both open source projects. What we're mirroring below is merely a compiled version of the app. This is still very much a work in progress, so expect things to be broken/weird/in need of work. That being said, if you're feeling adventurous, go for it. Here are a few mirrors, just for you:

We'll be keeping a close eye on this project as it develops. Hopefully it will grow to be as powerful as the version for desktops is. Maybe that Nexus Q will get some use after all?

Source: Download, Instructions for building the apk

Thanks WinDroid!

Eric Ravenscraft
Eric is a snarky technophile with a taste for the unusual. When he's not obsessing about Android, you can usually find him obsessing about movies, psychology, or the perfect energy drink. Eric weaves his own special blend of snark, satire, and comedy into all his articles.

  • Kaito Aviles

    So my logitech revue will be useful again?

    • TynanDeRosa

      Try to install it and find out if it even works on x86?

      • http://www.facebook.com/kaito.aviles Kaito Aviles

        Just tried running it, force closes right away.


    Can't wait.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000400326789 Heinz Doofenshmirtz

    Regardless... All I can say is "Downloaded, and plugging into me tv as I type"

  • Brian Walker

    Given the nature of the app, it goes without saying that this isn't really designed for use on phones, but I did it anyways. Really hard to navigate, even on a 4.65" screen. I'll try it again after I get my N7, but this will probably be best used on a GTV box.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000400326789 Heinz Doofenshmirtz

      I don't think it was hard on my HTC One X. Then i plugged it in to my tv, and cool....... I'm gonna go play

      • Brian Walker

        here's a screenshot from mine, is everything this small on yours? http://imgur.com/F8rGT Everything just seems so tiny. I thought that maybe the combination of resolution and OS (Jelly Bean) made it go to tablet mode, but your One X is the same resolution and on ICS, so I'm not so sure.

  • Freak4Dell

    Hmm...this might be a reason to purchase one of those tiny Android systems that plug into monitors.

    • Allan T. Rasmussen

      Tried and it did not work on that one. Tried on a Motorola Razr and it work on that one.

  • Stuart Anderson

    Put it on my ASUS TF101 for the heck of it. Nice icon. Just closes back to the home screen. Oh well.

    • StriderWhite

      seems that Tegra2 will never be supported...best luck with Tegra3, it seems...

  • SuBoXiDe

    not sure about this version since i use a version i found some days ago on xda but check settings => apearance => skin, or something like that there should be a touch optimized skin in there (it does look alot like an ipad skin but atleast it's easier to navigate with)

  • zeron89

    Works great on my Samsung Galaxy S3! Playing HD mkvs is rough though...stuttered badly, SD avis played awesome! Can't wait till it's finished. Awesome work by XBMC!

  • nirmv

    I run it on SGS3, it works although freezes from time to time. And now for the best: I installed NAVI-X on top and it works great. Free TV/Movies everywhere!!

  • sven

    hmmm installed on the asus prime, works but no sound ??? anybody ??

  • James Norman

    Installs on the Nexus 7 perfectly and has sound working! :D

  • ben dover

    Beware this is not a link to xbmc for Android. It's a link to a download manager, & a sketchy looking one at that. Here I thought android police was trustworthy. I guess not.

    • KyleRay

      Side loading any App is risky. But you probably spend all your time ben dover waiting to be reamed anyway. There's these wonderful little free Apps in Play Store that'll scan files and Apps for you to prevent you from being reamed, but most likely you wouldn't use one anyway! o_O .....a troll by any other name wouldn't be half as fun to screw with though. But you present such a great target! :D

      btw.... Eric Ravenscraft is one of the best and most entertaining editors on Android Police and he most likely tried it out first! ;-) ....just not the way YOU would!

  • koolstuff92

    I have installed the xbmc on my galaxy note 10.1. starts beautifully also the add-on x-navi starts up and I can scroll through the menu's I can also start a link but just before it shows me anything it jumps back to my android screen. I have tried all sorts of different links and removed and reinstalled xbmc but so far no luck watching anything on xbmc. Can anybody help me or has encountered the same problems.
    thank you

  • Nexus89

    UG802 here. I have an icon and can control it with my arrow keys but cannot find a select combination

  • Paul Sheriff

    have it on my razr i cant get video to work just diff colours on screen sound works any1 got any suggestions