When last we left our heroes XBMC for Android, the group behind the open source multimedia manager had announced that it would be bringing support to the platform soon. Of course "soon" isn't a word that tweakers like to hear, so some enterprising fellows compiled the source code into an APK for your testing pleasure, with all the disclaimers that entails. Today, however, a more official app is being distributed by the team with a hefty 'beta' tag attached.

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The team also took this opportunity to point out that if your device doesn't support the NEON extension, this app simply won't work for you. Sorry about that! A list of phones and tablets that are supported can be found here. It's also worth noting that this program uses the same TV-centric UI that XBMC is known for. That means that on a phone, you are going to have a heck of a time navigating all those tiny buttons. Touch input and gestures are supported, but everything is designed with the real estate of a television or large monitor in mind.

This is probably going to be of the most interest to home theater hackers that really love to set up their multimedia systems just right and would like to incorporate Android devices into the mix. This is not something you want to use to play videos on your phone. Still, if you'd like to try it out, the beta is available via the source link below.

Source: XBMC

Eric Ravenscraft
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  • Crazydog

    Frodo is the name for the next version of XBMC in its entirety, not just the Android version, as this article seems to imply. ^_^

  • Levi Wilcox

    Does this work on the logitech revue?

    • jm9843

      No. Google TV does not have NDK support. See my comment below.

  • jm9843

    A couple of things:

    1. XBMC does ship with a theme that is touch optimized.

    2. If you ever want to see XBMC running on the Google TV platform - help get NDK support added by starring this issue: https://code.google.com/p/googletv-issues/issues/detail?id=12

    • Google_is_the_Higgs_Boson

      Would love to see this on GoogleTV...

  • http://www.techthirst.com/ Anuj Ahooja

    Important note: not compatible with Android 4.2. Sometimes having the latest isn't the greatest thing :(

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/no6969el Noel Barcellos

      Or you can think of it as you have the greatest you just can not have the latest... ;)

  • AK

    "Users should be aware that an update to Android 4.2 appears to have temporarily broken XBMC support for all you Nexus and Cyanogenmod users (and anyone else running 4.2). Beta3 should be right around the corner, and we hope to have a fix in place by the time that rolls out." - Team XBMC

  • kindrudekid

    Download and install the latest Touched Skin for XBMC for Android
    this skin is optimized for touchscreen!


  • John Petersen

    Um, no, it does not "use" any particular interface. The default skin is optimized for TV, but one of the other included skins is touch-optimized. The ability to customize is what makes XBMC so great. You're right that this is not a media player, though. It's a full media center. For those users that have a central SQL database for XBMC, this is amazing. Stop watching on my tv. Pick up my tablet, and start watching right where I left off. Seamless.

  • QwietStorm

    Does anyone know of a good video converter on Android?

    • Gomez

      Just use mxplayer. Or you could also DVD catalyst to covert your DVDs.

      • QwietStorm

        That doesn't answer my question but thanks for the effort.

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    Is anyone using XBMC on a tablet (hopefully Nexus 7 or 10) and is able to stream content from their NAS at good frame rates?? I have all my content on my NAS, don't want to fire up the PC to watch a TV episode or watch a movie. Would be great to just have it in my hands on a tablet. Thanks!

  • t

    working on s3 cm10

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