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XBMC will bring its open-source media center to Android

July 14, 2012

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 XBMC for Android running on a set-top box, they said  it’ll play nicely with Android phones and tablets. In fact, the next set of demo videos will showcase the app run on Android phone and tablet.

There are still some minor hiccups, but the app seems to run well in general and can be considered as stable. To make sure that it’ll be ready for prime time faster, however, XBMC will be offering the APKs for interested beta testers in the weeks ahead. Their main concern is to make sure that the app will have an intuitive UI on small-screen device like a phone, as well as making sure that it will support the many Android devices that are available out there. As for those who got the skills and want to flex their programming skills, the developer has already released the source code of the app.