XBMC has released an exciting new beta version of their media center software. XBMC 13.0, codenamed “Gotham” has been a year in the making and addresses their number one user request – Android hardware decoding. That’s right folks, the official XBMC player for Android 4.0 and higher is available for the ARM or x86 architecture.
XBMC developer Nathan Betzen uploaded a video of XBMC shown running on Ouya. What’s surprising (or not) is that the application actually runs very smoothly.
XBMC released an official update. Code named Frodo, it has support for Android and Raspberry Pi.
The XBMC for Android app has received its latest update. The open-source media center is now more “user-friendly” and should be “full functional” on any Android device.
There’s some good news for those using their Android devices as home media hubs: XBMC has just released its Beta 3 APK. For those unfamiliar with XBMC or the concept of HTPC (home theater PC) it’s essentially a single software package designed for viewing your entire picture, music and video collection.
Looking for a new media center for your array of mobile technology? Something that has already proven itself to the masses? If you answered “Yes” to both of those questions, then you’ll be happy with what I have to say about the newly announced Beta 2 (Frodo) of XBMC. This new build not only brings many fixes over the previous beta, but you can now install its mobile version to any supported Android device!
This month marks the 10th anniversary for the XBMC team. In October of 2002 the first beta version of XBMC was on its way, combining the codes and efforts of two different projects. These early projects were Yet Another Media Player (YAMP) and the Xbox Media Player. As a way of celebrating the team’s anniversary, the developers behind XBMC are releasing a new version of their software with several new features baked in.
With XBMC finally arriving on Android, I was thinking it may be just a matter of time before the app is ported to the Android-based OUYA console. Now the XBMC team is announcing that they will do a lot more than just port the app: and it will actually be integrated in OUYA. The talks between the 2 teams are still young, but it’s possible that OUYA wants XBMC to be its default media center app. The match-up between the two makes perfect sense because they both have the same open source philosophies. What better device to be the home of…
The Vizio Co-Star Google TV might be the first Google TV box that’s worth buying. It now has access to the Google Play Store, which should include access to XBMC, support for OnLive gaming, and great specs for the low price of $99. Take all this into account and it’s not hard to imagine why the Vizio Co-Star sold out in just 12 hours from launch. I can’t stress enough how important the $99 price tag is for set-top boxes or mini-consoles like the OUYA, which also uses ARM chips. It’s the sweet spot for pricing such a device, and I wish Google…
The Vizio Co-Star Google TV set top box is now available for pre-order for the low price of $99, and it will start shipping on August 14th. The Vizio Co-Star includes two HDMI ports, one USB port, and one Ethernet jack. On the software side, you’ll of course get everything that Google TV has to offer, including Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Youtube, and, perhaps the most interesting feature for some users, OnLive gaming support. I think the Vizio Co-Star will achieve at least reasonable success in the market, and will probably be the most successful Google TV yet. Why? Because…