by Robert Triggs, 5 months ago
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)…
XBMC has been around for a long time. If you haven't heard of it, it's a media center that's already available for Linux, PC, and Mac. Over the last year or so, XBMC has been making an effort to support Android and other operating systems. With the release of XBMC 12, called Frodo, the popular media center has added support for Raspberry Pi and Android.
According to The Verge’s Zenonas Kyprianou, the new XBMC has a lot of other new features as well. This includes support for Live TV, radio, HD audio support, and PVR. There are also improvements to Apple's AirPlay. So even if you're not toting an Android device or a Raspberry Pi, there are still some fun new features for you.
While Raspberry Pi support seems to be more stable, the Android support is currently tentative. XBMC calls it ‘initial support' for Android. It's still the full application, but some features may not be working properly.
The best place to try is over at XBMC's official website. The downloads for all the various operating systems are free, so just download and install. If you decide to check it out, we'd love to know how it runs on your devices.
XBMC has been making a large push in recent weeks. With an unofficial offshoot releasing regular updates and hardware manufacturers taking the platform more seriously, could this be the year XBMC starts becoming a household name? Let us know if you plan on trying it out.