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 XBMC than a very affordable $99 Android console?
According to the XBMC Community Manager, they’ve received a lot 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 would’ve realized this from day one, instead of going crazy with a $300 price for the Logitech [...]
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 of two main reasons: pricing and games.
First off, $99 is the sweet spot [...]
Apparently, the people behind the open source XBMC media center app, want to make XBMC for Android the best XBMC app there has ever been, on any platform, since the launch of the original Xbox. In particular, they think that XBMC for Android is a very different beast from the XBMC for iOS because of the following reasons:XBMC for Android will allow users to boot directly into XBMC XBMC for Android can launch Android apps When the launched Android app is closed, the user will be returned to XBMC When the Pivox XIOS box is turned on and begins booting, the boot screen is user changeable and can even show animations!
What this means is that if you have a cheap Android-based [...]
It started its life on the first-gen Xbox, but the cross-platform multimedia hub developed by XBMC can now be found running on PC, Linux, Mac OS X, and various iOS devices.
We’ll have to add Android to the list soon, as the developer has announced the coming of XBMC for Android. As the developing team pointed out, this is a real app that you can easily install on any device powered by Android – set-top box included – with no rooting required, and one that provides a hassle-free media streaming and content management solution for all of your multimedia files.
The Android version will have the same features found on its cousins. While the demoed video below shows [...]