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 requests for XBMC to come to OUYA as well:
Maybe it was inevitable. Maybe it was because of the hundreds, if not thousands, of demands on Twitter, in blogs, on Facebook, in Reddit, and in Kickstarter comments. Maybe it’s because many of Team OUYA support XBMC, and nearly a third of Team XBMC members are OUYA backers.
OUYA has also partnered with TuneIn, a free service that lets people listen to the world’s music, sports and news from 230 countries and territories, with over 70,000 stations and two million on-demand programs. There are less than 2 days left for the OUYA Kickstarter campaign, so if you want to donate and pre-order your own, you better do it right away. You can also follow-up on their progress on their new site ouya.tv.
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The OUYA team should rename it to BOOYA! Cause it’s an awesome idea! :)
Perhaps as a default media player app on the OUYA, or maybe even as the default game and app launcher menu, as XBMC for Xbox (XBMC4Xbox) had that capability and the XBMC for Android port can today already act as a launcher for other Android apps.
XBMC for Android port with app launcher code will soon being merged into the XBMC mainline source code three on GitHub, and XBMC team developers will get early access to OUYA prototypes to develop on.
In addition to its media player capabilities, the Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows version of XBMC provide a unified interface for launching external games and game console emulators with ROMs through the “Advanced Launcher” addon plugin.