Roughly a year has gone by since XBMC 12 hit metaphorical store shelves, and the time has apparently been well-spent. The upcoming version introduces hardware decoding, so your device can actually utilize more of its power to push those pixels. The beta has has been streamlined enough to run on a Raspberry Pi, so you know you can expect a zippier experience on a more powerful gadget.

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When using XBMC on a touchscreen, the app will now recognize gesture controls during video playback and swiping controls when navigating around. On KitKat devices, the app takes advantage of immersive mode.

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These features just barely scratch the surface, so hit up the link below for the full, easily-readable changelog. There's also a more condensed version available on the wiki along with a more comprehensive code development changelog on GitHub.

The XMBC beta isn't available in the Play Store, but the team has provided a downloadable APK here. Its total file size is 55MB.

Source: XBMC