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:

Mirror: XBMC Android App apk

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!